by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The South Haven Cardinals qualified for the state championship game in Class 1A Division 1 for the second time in three years with a 65-60 victory over Stockton Friday afternoon at White Auditorium in Emporia.Now South Haven plays for the marbles as the 10 seniors thought they should when the Cards battle St. John Hudson at 6:15 p.m. Saturday night. St. John-Hudson beat Centralia 61-56.“We have one more to go” said Darren McDorman, South Haven head boys basketball coach. “I told the kids, we aren’t finishing second again.”Â For the second straight game, South Haven fell behind in the third quarter only to seize momentum and score 20-plus points in the fourth. Still, South Haven was unable to secure the win until that final minute.South Haven came up against a team who was taller but not as deep. Justin Wiltfong, a 6-4 sophomore beast inside, scored 18 points in its first round game against Hoxie. But the Cardinals held him to just 7 points Friday, and more importantly knocked him out of the game with slightly less than five minutes to play.James Moreland scored 3 points in the game, but those points couldn’t have come at a more important moment. He penetrated the lane and laid in a sweet banker drawing Wiltfong’s fifth foul. He hit a free throw thereafter and although up by a mere two, South Haven was in business.“I think once the big guy fouled out, they realized it was going to be very tough hill to climb,” McDorman said. “Andrew Lowe did a great job guarding him all game.”Stockton was a tough team to defend. South Haven couldn’t zone out Wiltfong, because the Tigers had too many shooters on the outside.“We went into the zone one time just to switch it up,” McDorman said. “But if we were going to win this game we had to play man-to-man. That was tough considering they had a couple of 6-6 players and our tallest player is at 6-3.There was little separation between these two teams all game. South Haven would maintain a minute lead throughout the first half, holding a 15-11 first-quarter advantage and a 27-23 halftime lead.South Haven got off to a bad start to start the third, and saw Stockton take its first lead since the wee minutes of the first quarter 31-28. But Showman would respond with seven consecutive points including a 3-pointer, two free throws and a steal and layup to put the Cards back in front 35-31.South Haven then would open up a 42-36 advantage only to see Stockton round out the quarter outscoring the Cards 7-1.In the final stanza, the two teams traded baskets in the first four minutes to make it 53-all. After Wiltfong fouled out, Stockton went 1-of-4 on free throws on its next two possessions. South Haven eventually took a 57-54 lead.After winding down nearly a minute of the clock, Hunter Ray was fouled and sent to the line with 1:59 to play. He sank both and South Haven had its biggest lead of the half at 59-54.But Stockton scored a six-footer on the other end, and when Showman had a rare miss on a layup, the Tigers were just down by three with about a minute to play with the ball.That’s when Stockton’s Koby Beougher was called with a charge and fouled out with 57.8 seconds to play. Stockton sent Showman to the line and the senior, who hasn’t missed a free throw all state tournament would up the lead back to five.The Tigers would immediately throw the ball away on their next possession. And Ray was the next to go to the line. He hit both to give South Haven its biggest lead of the game, 61-54. This game was history.South Haven ended up getting 21 points from Showman. Bryce Byers had 15 and Lane Cully 12. 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Thank you for your input. -12 Vote up Vote down just me · 328 weeks ago Looks like to me the FEMA shelters are the lower cost of this 11 million. All the other crap was added on like they do in Washington DC. It doesn’t look like any money was in the budget for upkeep of buildings. There are 2 no votes in this house so far. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down MJE · 328 weeks ago Wellington voters, I hope you’re paying attention. Does the school board sincerely thinks we’re a bunch of idiots who’ll be “confused” by voting separately for the aux gym and the shelter/safety issue? Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 328 weeks ago This project started out as a great idea. Then somehow it became a wish list. We do need a pratice gym at the middle school. We also need the parking lot addressed. Maybe the City of Wellington should pitch in on that parking lot for all the stuff that they have used it for in the past. Circus and the carnival…but new roofs, bleachers, entry ways and so forth. Newberry has the right idea. Why not ask for it all but give the voters a chance to give you less. Maybe instead of the Cadi you get a Ford/Chevy. We need to come together and solve this issue but that takes a little give and take from both sides. Including the other board members, the new kid on the board has a good idea listen to him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Oh Dear · 328 weeks ago My vote would have been no. Now it will be no and no. I see no reason to waste 11 million dollars on this town. “If you build it, they will come” is good in theory but how many times are they going to try this? And if the town votes no, how many more times will we have to vote no again. Boards and councils do not care what we do or do not want. So I’ll go vote no. But the vote is for show. . Do we have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan? If not, why? Has anyone even applied for federal FEMA funding?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Taylor · 328 weeks ago You are human that’s why you are an idiot…also up keep? Replacing a roof, remodeling, mechanical upgrades not cheep. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Lovin Wellington · 328 weeks ago Oh lordy. Anybody read cballs story? 5 dollars a year 4 a gymnasium? I think we can afford that. people wake up and mak Wellington grow. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 328 weeks ago Shogren suggested a group of 14 to 20 people should get together and start organizing a grassroots effort with brochures, yard signs and people going door to door. The board agreed to meet this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. Sorry, but this would NOT be a “grassroots” effort. Not when it’s set up by the board. Sorry, but it would be called a “propaganda” machine. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 328 weeks ago I will vote YES! There is no price I wouldn’t pay to help keep our children safe! Think about that next time you decide to go out to eat or buy a pack of cigarettes! Report Reply 2 replies · active 328 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Redress · 328 weeks ago I don’t see a thing wrong with all the upgrades needed for our schools. Wellington complains about not the kids not getting educated now you don’t want them to be safe. All the upgrades I read are warranted to me. Suck it up and vote yes. Report Reply 11 replies · active 328 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 328 weeks ago I am also a parent who places more emphasis on education than sports and yes, it is embarrassing. When our facilities continue to become more and more outdated as every other district around us continues to make improvements, I find that sad and embarrassing. Our board is attempting to make an update, which will cost us a minimal amount of money each month, yet people just find a way to turn it into something negative. I also happen to have a child who is active in drama. They have a beautiful stage and auditorium to perform on. Would I like to see more money given to their program? Of course, but at least they have an updated facility to meet their needs. Let’s keep this in perspective. Report Reply 3 replies · active 328 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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The board discussed but never took action of separating the proposed “Safe and Secure Schools” bond proposal which will go to USD 353 voters on June 24 into two parts (see scope of the project here:Â Wellington School District Scope of Work Zoom in on your monitor for detailed plans).The dilemma Thursday was whether to separate the question of building an auxiliary middle school gymnasium from the other proposals in the bond election.USD 353 voters will be asked whether or not to approve a 2.6 mill increase to build a tornado shelter at Eisenhower Elementary and Roosevelt Schools, as well as putting in security issues, new roofs and a middle school parking lot (see full details below). The proposed project is valued at $11,434,810.The board voted to hold a special election at its March meeting.Board member Jason Newberry said he has heard from many people who told them they would vote â€œnoâ€ just because the auxiliary gym is on the ballot. His fear was that the gym proposal would bring down the rest of the question to defeat.He proposed that USD 353 voters could vote on two proposals: 1) for the safety rooms and other improvements, and 2) the auxiliary gym.After discussion the board said having two questions on the ballot would bring about confusion, and that the auxiliary gym is not a big enough expense to the overall scope of the bond proposal that it needs separating.â€œYou are talking about 50 cents a month or $5 a year on a $100,000 house,â€ said Steve Shogren, finance adviser for the bond proposal about the auxiliary gym alone.Board member Bob White said the auxiliary gym was included in the ballot question because it helped Wellington Middle School administrators loosen up the schedule for various physical education courses. Wellington was also the only school in the Pioneer League that does not have two gyms, thus several games were WMS games were canceled when Wellington was at home. It also added a much needed practice gym especially with the Wellington Junior High gymnasium possibly no longer available and considered unsafe. Also an added auxiliary gym would keep the students constrained in the middle school building as opposed to walking to the junior high building where they tended to get in trouble.â€œI didnâ€™t realize there was a need for an auxiliary gym, until it was brought to my attention by the site councils, who were adamant we needed one,â€ said Angie Ratcliff, Wellington board member. â€œYou are going to spend more money on one visit at a Sonic Drive Thru than you will pay on that gym in a year’s time.â€Shogren warned that placing two questions on the ballot would only add confusion to the voters. People would think of the two questions as either-or instead of a combination proposal. Oftentimes, one proposed question starts becoming competition with the other.â€œItâ€™s been done elsewhere and it hasnâ€™t always worked out,â€ Shogren said. â€œYou will oftentimes see the more popular question (of the two) losing momentum because some people like the other question better.â€Wellington board president Jackie Berryman said she has not heard anyone personally complain to her about a proposed gym.Newberry, later in the discussion, admitted that the complaints of the gym were prevalent at the beginning when the bond proposal was initially proposed, but not so much lately.When Berryman asked if there was a motion on the floor, nobody made one after a moment of silence.The rest of the discussion was how to sell the proposal to the public. The administrators have been speaking to various civic groups and a presentation is available on local access cable channel 55.Shogren suggested a group of 14 to 20 people should get together and start organizing a grassroots effort with brochures, yard signs and people going door to door. The board agreed to meet this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.The overall proposal includes:Eisenhower ElementaryÂ â€¢New FEMA shelterâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Masonry Restorationâ€¢New windows in officeâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Mechanical system upgrades.Washington Elementaryâ€¢Security Vestibules on East and west entries.â€¢Replace roof.Roosevelt Alternative Schoolâ€¢New FEMA Shelterâ€¢Security Vestibules at East and west entriesâ€¢Replace roof.Lincoln Elementaryâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodel.Wellington Middle Schoolâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Replace asphalt parking lotâ€¢Add air conditioning to gymâ€¢Replacing lighting in gymâ€¢Replacing bleachers in gymâ€¢New auxiliary gym, locks and connecting corridor.Wellington High Schoolâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodel.Kennedy Elementaryâ€¢Security vestibule/office remodelâ€¢Masonry restorationâ€¢New windows in officeâ€¢Replace roofâ€¢Mechanical system upgradeâ€¢New classrooms to replace portable classrooms.Follow us on Twitter.
The play in question:🤷♂️pic.twitter.com/tiYIK4AeBw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2019The reversal, of course, spurred some creative discussion on Twitter. Some of the more interesting tweets from the controversial call:Warning: Foul language used.So the NFL doesn’t have a monopoly on awful calls and terrible excuse making…3 steps w a football secured is a football move…— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) December 29, 2019“What constitutes a football move?”Refs:pic.twitter.com/BAkJccvGys— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 29, 2019He didn’t make a “football move” because the defender was preventing him by … forcing a fumble. Looked like a catch but what do I know.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 29, 2019He had 4 feet down. How can that not be a catch?— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) December 29, 2019Well we all learned that 4 steps isn’t a football move..Now I understand why punters and kickers aren’t considered football players. Makes so much more sense now.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 29, 2019This was a catch, a football move, a strip, a fumble, a defensive touchdown, and a bullshit reversal by the refs.pic.twitter.com/PlS35wxf68— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 29, 2019The guy who just scored a TD for Ohio State took fewer steps after the catch than the Clemson WR who “didn’t fumble.”— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) December 29, 2019I really don’t care who wins this game but that was a catch and fumble no matter what you say #CFBPlayoff— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) December 29, 2019That’s a catch. That’s a catch. That’s a catch. Telling you right now that receiver knows he caught that and fumbled.— Anthony Gonzalez (@anthonygonzalez) December 29, 2019 A question that has plagued the NFL in recent seasons made its way to the College Football Playoff on Saturday: What is a football move?Alternatively: What is a catch? The play that forced said question occurred in the third quarter of the Fiesta Bowl matchup between Ohio State and Clemson. Tigers receiver Justyn Ross seemed to catch a pass from Trevor Lawrence and take several steps, ball in hand, before cornerback Jeff Okudah knocked it loose for a fumble. Safety Jordan Fuller recovered the fumble and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown.MORE: Ohio State-Clemson updates, scores, highlightsBut SEC officials calling the game reviewed the play and overturned the call on the field, immediately triggering what will be the talking point from this game, especially after Clemson won 29-23. Referee Ken Williamson, speaking after the game, explained that both the in-stadium instant replay and video center determined the ball was loose in Ross’ hands, meaning he didn’t complete the process of a catch.
Wellington Police notes for Monday, June 15, 2015:â€¢8:30 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block W. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢5:51 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Edward J. Ross, 77, Wellington and a fixed object/sign owned by the city of Wellington.â€¢7:58 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to window in the 100 block N. High, Wellington.â€¢9:33 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a weapon in the 1200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.
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Reddit user tom2727 discovered that in the graphic (seen below), the only two players wearing game pants in the photo are Patrick Mahomes and George Kittle. Everyone else (aside from Gardner Minshew) appears to be wearing sweatpants.From the NFL family to yours…MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🎅🎄🎁 pic.twitter.com/5YVmqpo22g— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2019MORE: SN predicts Super Bowl 54 winnerHowever, as someone else noted in the comments section, it does look like Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is wearing game pants as well, although it’s difficult to see. But tom2727’s heart was in the right place, because there is something else that only Mahomes and Kittle are doing: Mahomes and Kittle are the only two playing with dogs. A graphic made by the NFL’s social team to celebrate Christmas may have predicted the eventual Super Bowl matchup.As we now know, the 49ers and Chiefs will meet in Super Bowl 54. But if we had paid close attention to this graphic made on Christmas, we all could have bet on the 49ers and Chiefs making it to the big game. Let us explain. (NFL / Twitter) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/17/d5/chiefs-49ers-nfl_obkeuufttkgm1opagvl2ycy2f.png?t=-936935265&w=500&quality=80 Coincidence? Yeah, probably.But it’s still interesting. And it will probably fuel conspiracy theorists who believe the NFL is scripted. If that is the case, then is there anything else we can take away from this graphic? Here’s some more information from Reddit user creepy_robot:Above Mahomes is Henry of the Titans who is number 22 and is holding 12 cookies. The Chiefs have been to the playoffs 22 times and won the division 12 times. Above Kittle is Rodgers who the played in the NFCCG. In front of Rodgers is 4 lit candles. The Packers have won 4 SBs. Above Kittle is 4 stockings. The 49ers had 4 TDs in their championship game.But can we tell who is going to win the big game?Kittle is the only one opening a present, so maybe that signifies the 49ers getting the ultimate gift of a Super Bowl win. It most definitely doesn’t, but it’s fun to speculate.
As the morning turned to the afternoon, a clear pattern emerged as a handful of teams dominated the transactions. The Hurricanes, Flames Oilers and Senators were active early, to be joined by the Ducks and Golden Knights as the clock ticked on.NHL TRADE TRACKERFull list of every deal completed before the 2020 deadlineEven with the early flurry of activity, a huge transaction came right as the trade window officially closed with Robin Lehner traded to the aforementioned Golden Knights.We’ve graded each of the significant trades from 2020 deadline day in real time below. Head here if you’re looking for an entire list of deals that went down.2020 NHL trade deadline grades(All times Eastern)TRADE: A rare goalie-for-goalie tradeVancouver receives:New Jersey receives:Louis Domingue (G)Zane McIntyre (G)Canucks: BDevils: BJacob Markstrom reportedly has a knee injury that may keep him out for a while, necessitating this deal.TRADE: Goodrow swaps coastsTampa Bay receives:San Jose receives:Barclay Goodrow (F), 2020 third-round pick (PHI)Anthony Greco (F), 2020 first-round pickLightning: DSharks: A+Can someone explain this deal to me from the Lightning’s perspective? A first-round pick (and an AHLer) for Goodrow and the Flyers’ third-rounder seems like a very steep price to pay, but good on the Sharks for extracting that kind of return.3:17 p.m. — Not exactly a trade, but Toronto was busy on deadline day.Buzzing for four more years!Jake Muzzin has signed a four-year extension. #LeafsForeverDetails >> https://t.co/lIkeg622wr pic.twitter.com/3zyPXdHiDY— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 24, 20203:01 p.m — Deals are still rolling in past the official end of the trade window.Sources say the Hurricanes have acquired Brady Skjei #NYR— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) February 24, 20203:00 p.m. — 🚨 The deadline is here! No more trades can be made, but many more will be announced as the afternoon rolls on. 🚨TRADE: VGK drops last-minute bombVegas receives:Chicago receives:Robin Lehner (G)Malcolm Subban (G), Slava Demin (D)Golden Knights: ABlackhawks: B-There are now two starting-caliber goalies in Vegas, even if Lehner’s in a slump. This is a great deal for a Vegas team that sees itself going deep into the playoffs and possibly needing relief for 35-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury without suffering a drop-off in quality.TRADE: ‘Canes land VatanenCarolina receives:New Jersey receives:Sami Vatanen (D)Janne Kuokkanen (F), second-round pickHurricanes: B+New Jersey: A-A good, puck-moving blueliner than will boost the Hurricanes and give them another push in the postseason. Vatanen is on the IR, but should be healthy soon. The ‘Canes would score higher here if this wasn’t a rental.2:47 p.m. — We’re near the finish line. Of course, deals can still be announced after 3 p.m. ET, but teams will have had to alerted the NHL central office before then.2:36 p.m. — Speculation on Jumbo Joe will continue until 3 p.m., probably.For the record, Joe Thornton IS NOT going to Dallas.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) February 24, 20202:27 p.m. — … it’s the PenguinsEvan Rodrigues from BUF to PIT.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 20202:22 p.m. — Who’s at the other end of this deal?The #Sabres are planning to trade Evan Rodrigues before the deadline, per source with knowledge of discussions to The AP— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) February 24, 20202:03 p.m. — It’s starting to pick up again…Flames acquire Gustafsson from Chi. #SNTrade— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) February 24, 20202:01 p.m. — Ken Holland is not done for the day.BREAKING: The Ottawa Senators have traded Tyler Ennis to Edmonton for a 5th rd pick in 2021— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) February 24, 20201:59 p.m. — Calgary adding a D-man?Derek Forbort to CAL— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 20201:56 p.m. — But why?Leafs decline to make Tyson Barrie available for interviews post practice.— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) February 24, 20201:51 p.m. — The Isles lock up Pageau for an additional six years.#Isles Transaction: New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the club. https://t.co/wntk9WvOqm— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 24, 20201:38 p.m. — Are the Habs still offloading?Three or four teams kicking tires on Montreal’s Nick Cousins. Will be interesting to see if he moves with less than 90 minutes to deadline. #TradeCentre— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 24, 20201:33 p.m. — The Hurricanes may not be done yet.Hearing that Rangers and Hurricanes have been talking about a potential Brady Skjei trade but right now Carolina has cap issues so not clear where this goes…— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 20201:28 p.m. — We are here for good-natured trolling by hockey wives on deadline day. 🤣Growing up, Patrick’s favorite team was the @penguins and I have sooooo many hilarious photos to prove it 😂 pic.twitter.com/jzBDRkZOJg— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) February 24, 20201:22 p.m. — Could it be?Johnny Gaudreau just left the ice at #Flames practice. Not sure why.— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) February 24, 2020TRADE: More speed for Edmonton, but will it work?Edmonton receives:Detroit receives:Andreas Athanasiou (F), Ryan Kuffner (F)Sam Gagner (F), 2020 second-round pick, 2021 second-round pickOilers: BDetroit: AConnor McDavid gets a fellow speed merchant to play alongside. Ken Holland knows what he’s getting from Athanasiou, who’s been having a terrble year but can certainly be rejuvenated with better teammates. Athanasiou has been heavily criticized as a selfish player, but if the Oilers can get the best out of him they just hit the jackpot.GRADES: Oilers acquire speedster to play with McDavid12:45 p.m. — Parise to the Isles seems to be getting closer.Not saying it’s done (and now that it’s out, LL may decide it’s dead), but heard Parise has waived his NTC and is ready to go. Wants to join the #Isles .— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) February 24, 202012:33 p.m. — Meanwhile in Toronto…Tyson Barrie is on the ice at #LeafsForever practice.— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) February 24, 202012:30 p.m. — We’re seeing both a major and minor deal taking shape.Hearing #isles are working on a deal that would reunite Zach Parise and GM Lou Lamoriello. Not done yet.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 2020Ritchie to Boston for Heinen.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 202012:11 p.m. — Anybody seen Tyler Ennis?Tyler Ennis’s gear was in the #Sens locker room. But no sign of Ennis inside Nationwide Arena— Matthew Scianitti (@TSNScianitti) February 24, 202012:10 p.m. — We’ve hit a lunchtime lull in the trade market. Still almost three hours to go.11:54 a.m. — Wayne Simmonds heads to Buffalo.It’s a conditional 5th round pick going to NJD from BUF for Wayne Simmonds, can turn into a 4th.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 24, 202011:45 a.m. — 🤔⚠️ #NJDevils Wayne Simmonds is not on the ice for practice.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) February 24, 202011:37 a.m. — They’re coming fast and furious now.Columbus close to a deal for Andreas Athanasiou. #SNTrade— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) February 24, 202011:34 a.m. — Some depth moving both ways.ANA working on Derek Grant to PHI for Kyle Criscuolo a 4th-rounder #SNTrade— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020TRADE: Leafs bring Rosen homeToronto receives:Colorado receives:Calle Rosen (D)Michael Hutchinson (G)Leafs: BAvalanche: BThe Michael Hutchinson era is mercifully over in Toronto. Hutchinson gets away from the intense spotlight that follows the Leafs everywhere, and Toronto brings a familiar face back into the fold. This works out for all parties, even if neither player is going to have a big impact on their new teams.11:25 a.m. — Here are the details on the Kreider extension, which feels like a deadline day move on its own even though he’s not changing teams.Kreider is 7 years (as announced by NYR), AAV around $6.5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 202011:13 a.m. — The top candidate to move today seems to now be off limits.Expectation is Chris Kreider will extend with the New York Rangers.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2020TRADE: Marleau’s quest for Stanley brings him to PittsburghPittsburgh receives:San Jose receives:Patrick Marleau (F)2021 conditional third-round pickPenguins: BSharks: B+This is obviously a short-term move for the Penguins, who add even more experience to an already veteran group. Marleau isn’t what he was even two years ago, but he’s still got enough to add to the bottom-6 of a Stanley Cup contender. The only question is where exactly does he fit?11:00 a.m. — One of the league’s elder statesmen looks to be making a big move.Per @PierreVLeBrun , Patrick Marleau to PIT pending trade call.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 202010:54 a.m. — Thompson is confirmed (but not yet official), with more details.It’s a 2021 fifth-rounder heading to MON from PHI for Nate Thompson. #SNTrade— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 24, 202010:42 a.m. — Philly looking to get in on today’s action.Flyers are showing serious interest in Nate Thompson…— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 202010:24 a.m. — The Hurricanes are eager to shore up their blue line.Hurricanes still chasing a D and would prefer not to go the rental route— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020TRADE: Carolina pays big-time for TrocheckCarolina receives:Florida receives:Vincent Trocheck (F)Eric Haula (F), Lucas Wallmark (F), Chase Priskie (D), Eetu Luostarinen (F)Hurricanes: B-Panthers: AThat’s quite the Haul-a for the Panthers.In all seriousness, the Hurricanes gave up a lot for Trocheck on the surface, but they’re getting back a player who put up 75 point two seasons ago and still has two more years left on his current contract. TRADE: Pageau heads to the Islanders, Sens receive haul of picksNew York receives:Ottawa receives:Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)2020 conditional first-round pick, 2020 second-round pick, 2022 conditional third-round pickIslanders: A-Senators: AOttawa isn’t wasting any time this morning, and continues to stockpile assets. The Isles get a player having a career year and ready to contribute in the top-6 immediately.GRADES: Senators stockpile draft picks by sending Pageau to Islanders9:46 a.m. — Looks like one of the bigger names is coming off the board early.NYI and OTT working to finalize a trade for Jean Gabriel Pageau.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020Here are the early-morning deals that kicked off deadline day:TRADE: Ottawa begins to unload, Avs the first recipientColorado receives:Ottawa receives:Vladislav Namestnikov2021 fourth-round pickAvalanche: ASenators: BThe Senators are firm sellers, and they’ll spend the rest of the day trying to maximize their return. For the Avs, getting a proven winger for a fourth-round pick is good business.TRADE: Green heads westEdmonton receives:Detroit receives:Mike Green (D)Kyle Brodziak (F), 2020 or 2021 conditional draft pickOilers: B+Detroit: AMike Green is having a down year, but then so is everyone on the Red Wings. The experienced RHD boosts Edmonton’s overall depth and adds some offensive thrust to the rearguard. For Detroit,, who retains 50 percent of Green’s $2,687,500 cap hit, this is all about adding assets to an oncoming rebuild.Of course, the trades didn’t begin on Monday morning. Let’s recap some of the more notale deals that took place prior to deadline day:TRADE: Capitals add offensive threat from Canadiens (Feb. 23)Washington receives:Montreal receives:Ilya Kovalchuk (F)2020 third-round pick Capitals: A-Canadiens: BAs SN’s Sam Jarden writes, “[t]he fact that Washington managed to squeeze in another offensive threat for a playoff run while staying under the cap, can only be a good thing.”For the Canadiens, “it’s another trade to stockpile draft picks after a disappointing season thus far.”TRADE: Capitals add defensive depth as Sharks begin anew (Feb. 18)Washington receives:San Jose receives:Brenden Dillon (D)2020 second-round pick (from COL), 2021 conditional third-round pickCapitals: ASharks: B-As SN’s Sam Ficcaro writes , “Dillon should fit in seamlessly with Washington as he’ll likely get paired with Carlson on the top pairing.”Additionally, “it feels San Jose could have gotten more from the Capitals or another trade partner. Yes, Dillon is a pending unrestricted free agent but he has a relatively low AAV of $3.27 million and was considered one of the best defensemen available on the market.”TRADE: Canucks pay hefty price for offensive threat (Feb. 17)Vancouver receives:Los Angeles receives:Tyler Toffoli (F)Tim Schaller (F), Tyler Madden (F), 2020 second-round pick, 2022 conditional fourth-round pickCanucks: BKings: A-As SN’s Sam Ficcaro writes , the Canucks “made a win-now move acquiring Toffoli who immediately becomes its best winger with Brock Boeser out for three weeks.”However, “Toffoli is a pending unrestricted free agent and the Canucks are going to have a tough time re-signing him. “TRADE: Lightning gain depth, Devils add top prospect (Feb. 15)Tampa Bay receives:New Jersey receives:Blake Coleman (F)Nolan Foote (F), 2020 conditional first-round pick (from VAN)Lightning: BDevils: AAs SN’s Steve Kournianos writes , “the Bolts obviously are in win-now mode and need to erase the pain of last year’s disastrous postseason. Unless Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup, the trading of essentially two first-round picks for a winger who’ll be lucky to play more than 10-12 minutes a game at 5v5 is hard to justify — regardless of Coleman’s shot proclivity or how well their AHL prospects are progressing.”TRADE: Penguins gamble big on Jason Zucker; Wild get solid return (Feb. 11)Pittsburgh receives:Minnesota receives:Jason Zucker (F)Alex Galchenyuk (F), Calen Addison (D), 2020 conditional first-round pickPenguins: B+Wild: AAs wrote at the time , “getting a player like Zucker comes with a cost, and the Penguins paid a big one. Galchenyuk is having a down year but is still just 25 and can easily turn it around in a new environment, while Addison is seen as a gifted defensive prospect. And then there’s the first-rounder in the upcoming draft, which could turn into another blue-chipper.”However, the “looks like it could be one of the rare ones that works out for both sides.”TRADE: Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell dealt from Kings to Maple Leafs (Feb. 5)Toronto receives:Los Angeles receives:Jack Campbell (G), Kyle Clifford (F)Trevor Moore (F), 2020 third-round pick, 2021 conditional third-round pick)Leafs: A- This year’s NHL trade deadline was far steadier than previous editions, when huge deals came down the pipeline in the final minutes or even after the deadline had officially passed.While there was an element of that on Monday, there were also some substantial agreements made well before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. The biggest of the early-day moves was arguably Jean-Gabriel Pageau heading to the Islanders in what appeared to be a rental situation but was quickly revealed to be a long-time deal for the now-former Senator. Kings: BAs SN’s Jackie Spiegel writes , the “Maple Leafs got their [much-needed] backup goalie in Campbell … As for Clifford, he’ll be a bottom-six forward but will add a desperately needed gritty, tough, physical element.”For the Kings, they shed some salary and added assets as the full rebuild is on.
Since entering the league in October 2016, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been a known agitator on the ice. From his physical forecheck to front-net presence, he’s established himself as one of the best players in the league at getting under an opponent’s skin — including the Kings veteran defenseman, Drew Doughty.On The Athletic’s “Point Breakaway” podcast, the Kings’ Ben Hutton discussed the team’s 2019 Secret Santa exchange in which he poked fun at Doughty. In the holiday spirit, a time when people put their differences aside, Hutton asked Tkachuk if he would sign a hockey stick for Doughty, two longtime nemeses. The Flames winger, of course, loved the idea.”I got our trainers to do it,” Hutton said on the podcast. “We were flying to Calgary [in early December] when we were doing it [the Secret Santa gift exchange], so it just clicked in my head. I asked our trainers, and once they told Chucky who it was for, he was all for it.”Hutton’s revelation would be news for Doughty, who was never able to crack anybody on the team to cough up the name of who gifted him a hockey stick from his rival.”I might be ruining it saying this because he [Doughty] still doesn’t know it’s me,” Hutton said. “It was signed by him and everything. I wrote a little message on it. He [Doughty] was going around the locker room trying to figure out who it was.”None of the boys were snitching on me so that was pretty good.”2016-17: The beginning of the rivalryDoughty and Tkachuk’s feud began in March 2017 when the Flames rookie was hit for a two-game suspension for elbowing Doughty. The two met again 10 days later in Calgary and tempers were still piping hot.Tkachuk attempted to lay a heavy open-ice hit on Doughty, but the veteran defenseman was able to avoid the hit.2017-18: Verbal sparsIn October 2017, the bad blood between the two reignited when Tkachuk got into a fight with Kings forward Dustin Brown. When Tkhauck entered the penalty box, he also entered a shouting match with Doughty.Drew Doughty making post-game dinner plans with Matthew Tkachuk. pic.twitter.com/4wMXwpqGGM— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 12, 20172019-20: Rivalry intensifiesTwo years later, Doughty led the Kings to a thrilling 4-3 win in Calgary including scoring the game-winner in overtime.After the game, Doughty said, “As much as I love getting booed every time I touch the puck, you kind of want to shove it in their faces.” The Kings’ assistant captain wanted to put the head-to-head battle to rest.Tkachuk disagreed as he was readying for their next matchup 11 days later. When told Drew Doughty wants to bury the hatchet with him, Tkachuk said: “I’m excited for Round Two in two weeks in L.A.”— Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) October 9, 2019In the next meeting, Doughty checked Tkachuk on the boards with the Flames winger responding by taking the legs out underneath Doughty leading to a brawl between the two teams.While Hutton’s gesture probably won’t bring the two rivals closer together, it certainly led to a great story in the end. We’ll see if Hutton receives any retribution for his “warm” gift to Doughty.
NASCAR’s top teams raced for $1 million Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Cup Series’ annual All-Star Race. The winner-take-all event didn’t produce the short-track action that fans crave (and there were about 20,000 on hand, reports The Associated Press, as NASCAR allowed spectators in).Instead, there was mostly trouble-free racing and a comfortable victory by Chase Elliott, the series’ Most Popular Driver. He won Stages 2 and 3 and then dominated the closing 15-lap stage. The 9️⃣ gets it done!Retweet to congratulate @chaseelliott on his first #AllStarRace victory! pic.twitter.com/Z313jiHFJF— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 16, 2020″Oh, my gosh, there’s no feeling like it, nothing like it,” Elliott said after the fans cheered his triumph. “Bristol is an electric atmosphere unlike any place we go to. We’re going to celebrate this one for sure.”MORE: Highlights from the All-Star Race”There’s nothing like Bristol, Elliott added. “There’s nothing like the lights here. There’s nothing like racing here. I’ve never won here (before) — what a race to do it.”Below is more about Elliott’s win, plus the complete results of Wednesday’s NASCAR All-Star Race and All-Star Open at Bristol.Who won the NASCAR race last night?Chase Elliott took control of the race in Stage 2 and never let go. He led 60 of the race’s 140 laps, which were broken up into four stages. Ryan Blaney led the most laps (72) and took Stage 1, but he came home in sixth.Elliott joined his father, Bill, as an All-Star winner. They’re the second father-son combo to win the race, after Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.Interestingly, only two All-Star Races have been held at a track other than Charlotte Motor Speedway, and an Elliott has won both of them: Chase this year and Bill in 1986 at Atlanta, his home track.NASCAR results at BristolWell, if you weren’t first Wednesday, you were pretty much last as only Elliott cashed. Kyle Busch came home second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin in the top five. Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman was the only other Chevrolet driver in the top 10.Below are the complete results from Wednesday’s All-Star race and the All-Star Open, which set the last four spots in the field, at Bristol.All-Star RaceFinish(Start)DriverCarLaps1(13)Chase ElliottChevrolet1402(10)Kyle BuschToyota1403(5)Kevin HarvickFord1404(9)Brad KeselowskiFord1405(15)Denny HamlinToyota1406(3)Ryan BlaneyFord1407(12)Joey LoganoFord1408(2)Alex BowmanChevrolet1409(17)Aric AlmirolaFord14010(1)Martin Truex Jr.Toyota14011(16)Erik JonesToyota14012(18)William ByronChevrolet14013(19)Matt DiBenedettoFord14014(4)Justin Haley(i)Chevrolet14015(20)Clint BowyerFord14016(8)Cole Custer #Ford14017(14)Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet14018(6)Matt KensethChevrolet14019(11)Ryan NewmanFord14020(7)Kurt BuschChevrolet140# Rookie. (i) Ineligible for series points.Average speed of race winner: 65.68 mph.Time of race: 1 hour, 8 minutes, 10 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.418 seconds.Caution flags: 5 for 13 laps.Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers.Lap leaders: M. Truex Jr. 0; A. Bowman 1-2; R. Blaney 3-55; K. Harvick 56-61; C. Elliott 62-90; R. Blaney 91-109; C. Elliott 110-140.Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): Ryan Blaney 2 times for 72 laps; Chase Elliott 2 times for 60 laps; Kevin Harvick 1 time for 6 laps; Alex Bowman 1 time for 2 laps.Stage 1 top 10: 12,4,9,88,20,10,22,2,18,6Stage 2 top 10: 9,4,12,2,88,14,11,22,10,18Stage 3 top 10: 9,12,2,18,4,11,20,22,88,14 All-Star OpenFinish(Start)DriverCarLaps1(10)Matt DiBenedettoFord852(9)Clint BowyerFord85.3(11)Austin DillonChevrolet854(8)Chris BuescherFord855(20)Ty DillonChevrolet856(4)Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet857(1)Michael McDowellFord858(19)John Hunter Nemechek #Ford859(21)Corey LaJoieFord8510(5)Tyler Reddick #Chevrolet8511(3)Christopher Bell #Toyota8512(18)Daniel SuarezToyota8513(12)Ryan PreeceChevrolet8514(13)JJ Yeley(i)Ford8515(15)Brennan Poole #Chevrolet8516(14)Garrett Smithley(i)Chevrolet8517(16)Quin Houff #Chevrolet8318(17)Joey Gase(i)Ford7619(7)William Byron (2)Chevrolet7020(2)Aric Almirola (1)Ford3521(6)Bubba WallaceChevrolet17# Rookie. (1) Stage 1 winner. (2) Stage 2 winner. (i) Ineligible for series points.Average speed of race winner: 57.388 mph.Time of race: 47 minutes, 22 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.789 seconds.Caution flags: 4 for 18 laps.Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers.Lap leaders: M. McDowell 1-10; A. Almirola 11-35; W. Byron 36-70; M. DiBenedetto 71-85.Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): William Byron 1 time for 35 laps; Aric Almirola 1 time for 25 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 15 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 10 laps.Stage 1 top 10: 10,24,13,47,17,14,32,96,21,3Stage 2 top 10: 32,8,15,27,53,24,21,3,14,952020 Fan Vote winner: Clint Bowyer.Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.
Cole’s contract includes a player opt-out option after the 2024 season, but if he chooses to exercise that option, the Yankees would be able to void the opt-out and tack on a one-year extension worth $36 million. Cole also has a full no-trade clause in his contract with New York.Cole made $14.6 million in five seasons with the Pirates and another $20.25 million in two seasons with the Astros. So if he plays out his new contract with the Yankees, his career earnings will grow to north of $336 million — even more if he opts out after the 2024 season and New York counters with the one-year extension.A three-time MLB All-Star, Cole carries a 3.22 career ERA and has gotten better in his late-20s, striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings over his past two seasons. The Yankees will gladly pay record amounts of money for that kind of starting pitching as they aggressively chase their 28th World Series title. Yes, Gerrit Cole plays for the Yankees because New York in December made him the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball with a nine-year contract worth $324 million. He will earn $36 million each year for almost a decade.Money aside, though, Cole plays for the Yankees because the deal in free agency made for the perfect player-team match. MORE: Why Cole is a safe bet for the YankeesCole grew up a Yankees fan, so his reasoning for signing with New York, money included, is fairly obvious. But the Yankees evidently were even more interested in Cole than the 29-year-old righty was in putting on the pinstripes.The Yankees had been going after Cole for more than a decade. They selected him out of high school with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, but he chose to play college baseball at UCLA, instead. When Cole became available again in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Pirates didn’t let him slip beyond the No. 1 pick. In 2018, a rebuilding Pittsburgh team traded Cole to Houston, where he helped the Astros beat the Yankees in last year’s ALCS.So when Cole hit free agency after the 2019 season, it marked his first time on the open market and the Yankees’ first chance to do whatever it took to add him to the roster. New York did just that.From SN’s Joe Rivera: “Cole wasn’t just Plan A and Option 1 for New York. He was the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, the whole shebang. Cole wasn’t just Option 1 — he was the only option. New York pulled out all the stops — and dollars — to bring him in, including having Andy Pettitte, the former Yankee great who was one of Cole’s favorite pitchers growing up, at the Winter Meetings. (Yankees general manager Brian) Cashman made like a mechanic in an O’Reilly Autoparts with a blank check and a broken Lambourghini in the parking lot.”Below are the details of the Yankees contract that made Cole the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history.Gerrit Cole contract with YankeesCole was easily the No. 1 player in MLB free agency, and about a day after the Nationals re-signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to a record contract worth $35 million per year, the Yankees raised the bar yet again with Cole’s nine-year deal worth $36 million per year for a total of $324 million.The Angels and the Dodgers also were going after Cole in free agency, but the Yankees won the bidding war and made him their biggest starting pitcher acquisition since they signed CC Sabathia more than a decade ago. Courtesy of Sportrac, below are Cole’s simple-but-massive contract figures in New York.YearSalary/cash2020$13,333,3332021$36 million2022$36 million2023$36 million2024$36 million2025$36 million2026$36 million2027$36 million2028$36 millionCole’s 2020 cash figure represents his prorated salary during MLB’s abbreviated season. Factoring in that proration, his total contract value drops to $301.3 million.