Philadelphia made its historic comeback with surprisingly little help from its power play

When the Canadiens need a stop they call on the shutdown pairing of Gorges and Gill, whom Crosby saw much of the conference semifinals. After not playing the first three of the postseason, O’Byrne has Jusuf Nurkic Jersey played 10 of the last 11 contests. the clinching Game 7 against Pittsburgh, the Canadiens dressed Gorges, Gill, Hamrlik, Subban, Bergeron and Spacek, and all but the latter two played more than 20 minutes.

Leighton’s amazing story continues: Picked up on waivers December, he saves the Flyers’, only to be sidelined with ankle injury March. His first game back, he has to save the Flyers again, replacing injured Boucher. He then turned winning performances Game 6 and 7. Jaroslav Halak is two series wins away from sainthood. He is tied for first save percentage, fourth goals-against average, and one of Kenneth Faried Jersey three goalies with 8 victories. Jaroslav Halak Goalie – MTL RECORD: GAA: 2 | SVP: 0 Obviously you can’t forget about Jaro and how special he’s been playing right now, Gorges said. I mean, he’s been unreal. There’s no other words to explain it. Laviolette, Flyers — Laviolette has shown his juggling skills are on par with his coaching abilities. Frequent injuries to his forward lines have kept him changing lines, but he pressed all the right buttons against Boston. He showed he could keep a team focused the worst of times and deserves a great deal of credit for not letting panic or frustration creep into the locker room., Canadiens — has been tactically sound for the entire playoff run, at times shortening his bench and not adverse to re-configuring lines, as he did before Game 4 against Pittsburgh that led to a win. He’s also made sure to give ample playing time to his pesky third line of Moore-Lapierre-Moen Benoit Pouliot, who has excelled offensively and defensively. Against Washington, benched Jaroslav Halak for one game following two-straight losses, but he’s unlikely to take such a gamble against having gotten this far.

Philadelphia made its historic comeback with surprisingly little help from its power play — the Flyers went just 2-for-15 winning three-straight to tie the series. They certainly don’t lack for skill, with Pronger and Carle at the points on the top unit, and Richards, Gagne and Giroux always around the net looking for rebounds. Gagne’s winning goal Game 7 came on the power play. The strong penalty killing the Flyers showed the first round against New Jersey carried through the semifinals, as they limited Boston to just 3 power-play goals winning the series. The Canadiens are near the top of the League playoff leaders both categories. Their power play unit is fifth at 21 percent. Eight of those scores have come on the road, and three at home. Montreal’s penalty killers have the unit fourth at 85 percent despite being shorthanded 62 times. They are 87 at home and 83 on the road. Danny Briere, Flyers — When Briere reached free agency 2007, the Canadiens made signing him a priority, but instead the Gatineau, Que., native signed Philadelphia. He became Public Enemy No. 1 at the Centre, getting booed every visit. This, he responded with 4 goals two. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal — The 25-year-old Slovak has survived the Montreal pressure cooker and made entire nation believe a No. 8 seed can win a Cup. Halak has also taken a ton of pressure off a banged-up defense that includes Subban, a rookie — albeit impressive one — who had only two of NHL experience before this postseason. That’s what I’m there for, said Halak. Guys block shots, guys score goals, kill penalties, everybody on this team contributes to what we’re doing, and I just do part. Flyers win if … They don’t get frustrated by Jaroslav Halak. The Montreal netminder has shown ability to steal by himself, and blown chances seemed to emotionally effect the Capitals and Penguins. The players have to understand that staying with the plan and continuing to generate traffic at the net eventually create cracks the Canadiens’ defense. Canadiens win if … Sure, Halak has made all the big stops, but the Canadiens have also gotten this far with a commitment to defense, blocking NHL-high 320 shots — second place Chicago is not even close with 190. Stopping all those pucks makes Montreal’s 39 goals really stand up on the scoreboard. Five of their eight wins have been by one goal. Preview compiled by Kimelman and Bonanno. Rookie Ennis comes up big for Sabres Halak anything but shaky must-win game Keith: ‘I just wanted to play the NHL’ Hornqvist latest key Pred to get hurt playoffs Laperriere willing to trade pain for victory.

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ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP — It’s rare to find a student who inspires not only their peers, but their professors as well. Grand Valley State University’s Albright, 21, is one of those students. As a professor, we Vincent Jackson Jersey convey knowledge and try to inspire our students but with the flow goes the other way, computing professor and mentor Engelsma said. A special ceremony was held on Thursday to celebrate Albright’s graduation at Seidman House on the Allendale Campus. Family and the most of the computer science faculty was present as President J. Haas and Provost R. Davis awarded him with a bachelor’s degree computer science. exudes a non-bending perseverance to reach a dream and it has been very inspiring to everyone he works with, said Leidig, the director of the computing and information systems school.

Albright was diagnosed with Warren Sapp Jersey Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder that weakens muscles and shortens one’s life span, when he was 4. He graduated from Hudsonville High School when he was 16 after being home-schooled by his mother. He was working year-round to get through because one of his friends with Duchenne’s died at 14, Albright said a statement. of these boys never finish high school. He began taking GVSU classes 2007. His mother joined him college to help take notes and navigate through campus. It’s funny, she seems to know as much about computer science as our students since she’s listened to classes, Engelsma said. In college, Albright became advocate for disabled students. To complete his curriculum-required internship, he helped design a smart phone application that identifies handicapped-accessible locations on campus. The app, which the team calls ‘Grand Access,’ was ultimately Albright’s idea. He collected all of the groundwork data for the project and is the domain expert. He has a trooper mentality, rain or shine, no matter what, is here, said Engelsma. His passion to graduate and to the project, which is giving back to people who have the challenges he has, is amazing. Engelsma said that Albright is always cheerful, even when he isn’t feeling well, and that he is a of. It’s impressive to how his carries him through his life, he said. Albright and his family recognized that school was becoming too stressful when he was hospitalized December. GVSU alum Kley, of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said that he knew that Albright had already accomplished amazing things on campus, proving his mastery of computer science. Kley called the president’s office to if early graduation was a possibility. I much potential, I wanted to break down those barriers to allow him to really flourish, Kley said. The computer science faculty voted and agreed to award him his degree. Albright had a dream to graduate college and instead of using his disabilities as excuse he turned them around and used it as advantage that has made the campus more accessible, Leidig said. Besides his degree, Albright was given award recognizing the inspiration he has been for his peers. His mother received recognition for her dedication and devotion helping her son succeed. Kley said that he has already heard of possible job opportunities for Albright. He could be such a benefit to any company and if we could start putting his skills to use a working environment, that would be amazing, Kley said.

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There was a play at the plate on Crisp’s flyball

The A’s got their runs the top frame, highlighted by Josh Reddick’s solo shot to right that was aided by strong winds. Vogt made it 3 when he scored on Crisp’s sacrifice fly to left field. There was a play at the plate on Patrick Kerney Jersey Crisp’s flyball, but Vogt easily beat the throw. Peralta’s heave was on target, but there wasn’t much mustard behind it. THIRD INNING: A’S 1, TIGERS 0 The A’s draw first blood when Crisp scored from second after Miguel Cabrera couldn’t handle a hard-hit grounder with two outs. Sanchez limited the bleeding to one run after he struck out Smith to strand runners on first and second. The Tigers are fortunate they’re only trailing by a run right now.

The A’s have stranded five today and are only 1-for-7 with runners scoring position. As for Cabrera? He was visibly frustrated Paul McQuistan Jersey the dugout after the inning. He was spotted pointing at the field talking with several teammates, including Sanchez. My thoughts? It was clearly error. Cabrera was terrible position and didn’t square up, allowing the ball to bounce into the outfield. If he had put his body front of the grounder, it would’ve bounced off his chest, which would’ve kept the run from scoring. SECOND INNING: TIGERS 0, A’S 0 Still nervous about Jhonny Peralta playing left field?

With the wind behind the ball, Peralta made a tricky catch at the warning track and was promptly greeted to a loud cheer and a small standing ovation. Two batters later, he called off and Iglesias and caught a routine flyball. Once again, he was rewarded with another loud ovation. The offense, meanwhile, continues to struggle. The Tigers go the second, extending their streak to 19 straight innings without a run scored. FIRST INNING: TIGERS 0, A’S 0 Rarely do you a pitcher give a fist-pump the first inning, but Sanchez was clearly pumped after getting Cespedes to whiff at a high fastball for a third strike for out No. 3. It was a big out for Sanchez, who was able to escape the first inning unscathed after giving up a leadoff double to Coco Crisp and a two-out walk to Moss. The Tigers, meanwhile, got a two-out single from Cabrera, but came up empty handed after Fielder hit a two-out popup to short. Austin continues to look lost at the plate after another strikeout — his sixth his last seven at-bats. PREGAME: I know, some of you are angry. And it’s totally understandable.

How are you supposed to watch arguably the biggest Tigers game of the year when you’re stuck at work? Even more upsetting? Today’s game only be televised on MLB Network. How are you supposed to watch the game if you’re a ! cable subscriber? It’s a problem. But I think I can help. Hear me out for a second. I’m sitting the press box right now at Comerica Park. Let me be your eyes and ears. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Want to know how Jhonny Peralta looks left field today? I’ll tell you. And what about Miguel Cabrera? Yep, I’ll clue you on that, too. I know, it’s not ideal, but it is what it is. So, let me help.

Menu Los Lakers center not play against the Detroit Pistons

Menu Los Lakers center not play against the Detroit Pistons as he recovers from ailing right shoulder. returned to the team on Saturday after undergoing platelet plasma therapy Los . He aggravated injured right shoulder during Wednesday’s game against Phoenix. 43 games this season, is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds.

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After two painful years off, Joel Embiid says his game has grown

“Trust The Process,” Joel Embiid says after finishing up a 24-minute interview session at Sixers media day, eliciting some laughs from reporters in the room. Embiid has not played a game since March 1, 2014, but it appears that’s about to change.

The 22-year-old center, who has been forced to sit out the first two seasons of his NBA career due to multiple foot surgeries, says he expects to play in Philadelphia’s preseason opener against Boston on Oct. 4.

“I’ve been through a lot,” Embiid said, citing his injuries, his team’s on-court struggles and the death of his brother in Africa. “It’s been really hard.”

Embiid is in really good spirits now, however. He may be on a minutes restriction and unable to play in back-to-backs, but his self-confidence is evident.

“I haven’t played in two years, but my game has gotten so much better,” he said. “If you watch the game tape, I’m not the same guy. I’m going to make mistakes, but I’m going to be just fine.”

Embiid, a 7-footer who says he weighs 275 pounds, was chosen by former GM Sam Hinkie — the man whose process paid off in the form of high lottery picks Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Nerlens Noel — with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 draft. He has the potential to be a game-changer on both offense and defense if he can stay healthy.

“From what it looks like right now, I’m going to have about a 20-year career,” Embiid said, jokingly. “I think of myself as a complete player.”

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 28 games at Kansas before injuring his back and missing the NCAA tournament as a result. He struggled with his decision to leave college after just his freshman season, he said, and was seriously contemplating a return to school before mentor Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and other NBA players convinced him to change his mind and enter the draft.

“This is a training camp that for the first time since I’ve been here I think will be incredibly competitive, relative to roster spots themselves, and we’re really excited about the guys that we have in camp who have a chance to earn a job, Kay Felder being one of those kids we anticipate will have a good run at something for us, so we feel comfortable at the point guard position as we sit, at least from a front-office perspective we do.”

In a capped system like the NBA has in place, targeting aging players on veteran minimum deals is simply the reality of fielding a full team when you already have max players taking up most of the pie like the Cavs do with James, Irving and Love.

The key is having those vets contribute in the margins, like Jefferson did last year, and not to miss on them, as was the case of Shawn Marion the season before.

Oh, and having someone like James with the body resilience of a teenager as he enters into his thirties certainly helps too.

Embiid didn’t think he could handle living on his own at such a young age, but each year he has grown and matured through adversity. He has no regrets about leaving early, and while he loves watching his old college games, he can’t stand watching college basketball anymore.

“I feel like they don’t know how to play,” Embiid said, citing a lack of spacing at the collegiate level.

Embiid is stronger, better, faster now, yearning to dominate in the post and expand his game out to the 3-point line. And yes, he has aspirations of learning how to play point guard, too, because of course he does.

During the rehab-setback-rehab-setback-rehab process, Embiid says he has learned to be patient.

Given that their team has lost 199 games the past three seasons, Sixers fans have, too. But equipped with an exciting young core of bigs, the future is brighter than ever.

Victor Oladipo: ‘No question’ anthem protests will happen in NBA

As the NBA prepares to open training camps — and the issue of athletes’ protests during the national anthem shows no signs of abating — it was only a matter of time before basketball players would be asked about what they plan to do.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo was asked by Complex Sports whether NBA players are paying attention to Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States — and whether those protests would transfer to the NBA.

It’s undecided what position Yi will play.

And, above all else, it remains to be seen just how effective Yi will be, especially after playing with the Guandong Southern Tigers from 2012 to ’16 following brief but lackluster stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks.

But if Friday proved anything, it’s that there is plenty of interest and intrigue in the 28-year-old, who was surrounded by about three dozen media members –- local and international –- after his workout at the Lakers’ training facility.

Yi, a former No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Bucks, expressed confidence about the upcoming season after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, and after averaging 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds for China in its five games in the Rio Olympics.

He also said he felt that the Lakers were a “good opportunity” and that the “timing” was right for an NBA return.

“I think I played a lot of games in China, in Asia, Olympics,” said Yi, who joined the Lakers on a one-year deal worth about $8 million, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein. “It’s a lot of experience. For me I probably got stronger and more confidence.”

He also recognized that the Lakers have a “huge” fan base in China -– thanks largely to Kobe Bryant –- as well as all over the world.

“I feel pressure, but I feel very excited for that,” Yi said.

Gerrit Cole’s future in question after rocky return

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole entered Monday night’s outing against the Philadelphia Phillies looking to salvage something positive from a disappointing 2016 season.

But spring training began with some bad vibes when Cole expressed disappointment over his $541,000 salary for 2016. Then came the injuries. He suffered a rib inflammation in spring training, spent time on the disabled list with a strained triceps in June and has been bothered by the elbow issue for the past month. The only positive news came during a recent trip to Los Angeles, when Dr. Neal ElAttrache ruled out any structural damage and gave him clearance to resume pitching this month.

Although the Cubs continue to build upon what is now a whopping 17-game edge on St. Louis, we know that more than anything, variance can trump all at playoff time. A mediocre Cardinals campaign would be redeemed by spoiling a Wrigleyville party 108 years in the making.

With that in mind, are there any potential pitfalls that could come into play for Chicago if the Cubs and Cardinals again hook up in October? Maybe, but we lay those out with this caveat: There aren’t many. It’s almost like this Cubs team was specifically constructed to hammer on the Cardinals.

Cole recently received clearance to resume pitching after a visit to Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. He finishes the season with a 7-10 record in 21 starts and a 3.88 ERA — the worst of his four major-league seasons.

“There were some times where we were close,” Cole said. “There were a few highlights along the way, but it was a struggle.

“We have two weeks here to continue to try to get better. I’m not going to stop working. Just keep moving on. Obviously the mindset is different. It’s not about preparing for a start. It’s about preparing for next year. There’s work to be done, so I’ll be doing it.”

In 2015, Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA, made the All-Star team and finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award balloting.

In other moves, the Pirates called up left-hander reliever Zach Phillips from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 29-year-old Phillips was acquired from the Orioles on Aug. 31. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates also put catcher Elias Diaz on the 60-day disabled list with cellulitis in his left knee.

What we learned: Giants’ collapse continues in Colorado

1. It’s easy to forget now, but the San Francisco Giants had the best record in the majors at the All-Star break at 57-33, three games up on the Chicago Cubs. After another crushing loss on Wednesday — Santiago Casilla, Josh Osich, Angel Pagan’s legs and Joe Nathan combined to blow a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning in Colorado — the Giants are 17-32 since the break, the worst record in the majors. Reading Bill James Online today, there was a reader question about how unprecedented the Giants’ free fall has been. James mentioned these teams (record through 90 games and then after) that fell apart, although not necessarily from best to worst:

1977 Cubs: 55-35 to 26-46 (finished 81-81)

1995 Angels: 56-34 to 22-33 (lost one-game playoff to Mariners)

2001 Twins: 57-33 to 28-44 (finished 85-77)

2006 Tigers: 61-29 to 34-38 (still reached World Series)

Zastryzny grabbed running back Todd Gurley with his first pick (No. 6) and then two receivers, while Hinske drafted Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson No. 11 overall. Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery went in the second round, while Jay Cutler and Kevin White were “mid-round guys.”

“I’m excited to see how [John] Lackey does,” Hammel stated. “First-time player. He’s an unknown. He looked like he knew what he was doing. I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

How long are the odds Tebow ever plays at Citi Field? Pretty long, although it is not impossible if he is dedicated and applies himself for multiple seasons, given his athleticism. Michael Jordan, in his lone season with the Chicago White Sox, hit .202 with three homers and 51 RBIs in 436 at-bats with Double-A Birmingham. Would he have received a cup of coffee in the majors had he not returned to the NBA?

Last spring training, Cespedes’ daily cavalcade of cars and a horseback entry created a stir that ultimately prompted manager Terry Collins to say it’s time to put the showmanship aside and have the focus entirely on baseball. If there’s a downside to Tebow’s being around in camp, it would be all the media attention and whether that starts to detract from the team’s focus as it prepares for the season. Alderson did say there is no guarantee Tebow receives a spring-training invite to big-league camp.

The New York Yankees completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2-0 victory, as Bryan Mitchell pitched five scoreless innings in his 2016 debut, Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings and Didi Gregorius hit cleanup for the ninth time. The Yankees are winning with Didi Gregorius hitting cleanup! How can you not root for this team? (Wait, did I write that? Clear head. Remind self that these are still the Yankees, owners of 27 World Series titles, owners of MLB’s largest payroll at the start of the season … but I digress.)

Warriors’ Philadelphia legacy: Wilt’s 100 points and one iconic photo

Before hanging a hundred on the New York Knicks, Wilt Chamberlain played pinball in the lobby of the Hershey Sports Arena. No security needed. There was just a 7-foot-1 star pumping coins into a machine for fun.

“My father just needed an idea,” Ron Pollack said. “He wrote ‘100’ on a piece of paper, which we didn’t keep, and they took a picture of it. He just had Wilt hold it, and that was it.”

McAdoo, the 1974-75 NBA MVP and a three-time scoring champion with the Braves, went on to win two championships with the more glamorous Los Angeles Lakers. Nonetheless, he wore a Buffalo cap at a 2000 Hall of Fame party the weekend he was enshrined.

DiGregorio, a college sensation at Providence, currently works as director of operations for the Buffalo 716ers of the Premier Basketball League. Smith is fondly remembered for staying home to play at Buffalo State before becoming a do-it-all guard for the Braves and winning the MVP award at the 1978 NBA All-Star Game.

But when the sports media lens is focused on black and white and doesn’t explore other perspectives and experiences, that connection is lost. Let me remind you that earlier this summer, it was the Puerto Rican Afro-Latino Anthony who challenged his fellow pro athletes of color to start speaking out against police violence and follow the tradition of activism established by sports icons such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali.

The question of culture was front and center during the ESPYS, when Anthony joined fellow NBA stars Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to highlight Black Lives Matter. In the eyes of millions, Anthony was seen as a black athlete expressing solidarity with other black athletes. Yet to the eyes of some, Anthony was there as a Puerto Rican Afro-Latino representing an intersectional point rarely discussed or dissected: What has happened to black lives has also happened to Afro-Latino lives. And as Wade said during the ESPYS, this is about “black and brown lives.”

While Anthony has been praised for his actions this summer, his Afrolatinidad is rarely mentioned. To some, Melo is a black athlete and must fit the black-white media paradigm — a paradigm that won’t allow terms such as Afro-Latino or Puerto Rican or Black Dominican or Afro-Brazilian to be part of the dialogue.

I was so hoping this narrative would have changed, especially at the Summer Olympics in Brazil, a country in which close to half the population is of African descent, according to Pew. But it’s clear that sports media, at least in a general sense, is still struggling to understand how complex it is to be Latino in the United States.

Spurs in pursuit of Argentinean guard Nicolas Laprovittola

The San Antonio Spurs are in pursuit of a third Argentinean for their roster, according to league sources.

So that’s why USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo didn’t need a lot of time Sunday night, after the medals were handed out here in Rio, to make an immediate declaration about the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“We can’t go back again with 10 new players,” Colangelo said. “That’s not going to happen.”

“For me,” he added with unmistakable relief, “I’m glad we got past this.”

Colangelo was grateful, mostly, for the presence of the few wise old heads who did make the trip to these Olympics. There they sat in front of the world’s media at the postgame podium from left to right: Mike Krzyzewski, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

Laprovittola and Garino were key contributors to the Argentina squad that reached the elimination round in the recent Olympics.

A dozen years removed from leading ?Argentina to an improbable gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Ginobili, at 39, retired from international play following ?a quarterfinal loss to the United States.

“This is an incredible and wonderful city. And after today’s amazing celebration, I hope that this legacy extends beyond basketball. I hope that August 24, on this day, is a celebration of passion and hard work, dedication and mentorship. Because teaching the next generation how to achieve greatness is really what it’s all about. And together as a city we can do this. We only play for one thing in this city, and that’s winning championships. Inspiring the next generation to achieve their dreams, whatever that dream might be, is the most important thing. We need each other to do it. And together we will do that, and certainly we will win championship after championship.”

His news conference afterward had little do with basketball. His first two questions were about his newly announced venture capital fund [“I’m not looking for the massive multiple, I’m looking for the passion for the idea,” Bryant said] and the challenge of defeating homelessness.

He seemed as comfortable talking about these non-basketball issues as any of the politicians were during the day, and it was evident he was well prepared for his post-basketball transition.