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Much like their inaugural campaign has gone Shon Coleman Jersey , the Vegas Golden Knights are charmed. They can call up a player for his season debut, fly him halfway across North America and he performs like he’s been around all season.

The surging Golden Knights go for their fourth straight win Thursday night when they face league scoring leader Connor McDavid and the skidding Edmonton Oilers.

Vegas (51-22-7) recalled center Brandon Pirri from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on Monday. After taking a commercial flight — and sitting in a middle seat — the center collected his first two-goal game since Oct. 26, 2016, and helped lift the Golden Knights to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

“A little character-building,” Pirri said of his trek to the Pacific Northwest. “This is where I want to be, and I was happy to get the opportunity.”

The Golden Knights, who are headed to the postseason as Pacific Division champions, haven’t had many eyebrow-raising losses this season. One was an 8-2 setback to the Oilers on Nov. 14 at Rogers Place. Maxime Lagace stopped 22 of 29 shots before being replaced by Dylan Ferguson, who yielded one goal over the final nine-plus minutes.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who was given the night off Monday, is 8-0-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and a shutout in his last nine games in Edmonton.

Coach Gerard Gallant has been behind benches long enough to know nights like the first visit to Edmonton will happen. Neither his confidence nor that in the team is shaken.

“There’s no team that we come in and say ‘uh oh, it’s going to be a tough night tonight,'” he told the team’s official website. “When we play our game at the top of our game, when we’re playing well Akiem Hicks Jersey , there’s no team that we can’t beat. I think anyone in the NHL could say the same thing. We’re not intimidated by anybody.”

Vegas is 1-1-1 against the Oilers this season, and center William Karlsson has scored two of his 43 goals in the season series. Karlsson, who totaled 18 goals coming into this season, trails only Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (44 goals) and Alex Ovechkin (46) for the Maurice Richard Trophy.

The Knights are expected to have center Erik Haula back in the lineup after sitting out against the Canucks, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Haula needs one goal to reach 30 and ranks fifth on the team with 55 points.

Heading into the season, Edmonton (34-40-6) was expected not just to contend for a division crown, but for the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Oilers are mired in an 0-4-1 skid after being blanked for the ninth time this season 3-0 to the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild on Monday.

After facing the Knights, Edmonton wraps up its season on Saturday night against the Canucks — and in the final NHL game for future Hall of Famers Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

“We want to win. Every team wants to finish off the season good,” Edmonton defenseman Adam Larsson said. “We should be really hungry coming into these two games, finish off strong, especially at home too.”

A strong finish should give McDavid his second straight Art Ross Trophy after putting up a 100-point campaign in 2016-17. The reigning NHL Player of the Month has 103 points — a five-point lead over Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning and six more than Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers. All three players have two games remaining.

McDavid, who has failed to register a point in each of his last two games, has five points (two goals A.J. Bouye Jersey , three assists) in three games versus Vegas.

Cam Talbot has started all five games during Edmonton’s skid, but has been pulled early in two of them. He’s allowed eight goals while winning two of three from the Golden Knights. Al Montoya is 1-2-2 with a 3.50 GAA in his last seven games (five starts) with the Oilers.

“It’s important that we give each other everything we have and give the fans a deserving effort and deserving performance,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “We’ll continue to push the team. We’ll prepare them the same way.”
Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he is making a football comeback.

Manziel announced Wednesday that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate.
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Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn’t played since.

In a recent interview with ”Good Morning America”, Manziel said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking alcohol. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after Manziel took an anger management course and participated in the NFL’s substance-abuse program. He was also suspended four games for a substance-abuse violation even though he wasn’t under contract.

”Can’t wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do!” Manziel tweeted Wednesday.

Manziel played nine games with the Browns in two seasons, passing for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

”Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it’s gone. My goal is to make it back to the NFL and I realize I have to earn that privilege,” Manziel said in a statement provided by the Spring League.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Terry Francona loves to talk about his dad. Their relationship went way beyond baseball.

One a Cleveland Indians player, the other the team’s adored manager. Father and son.

Tito and the kid who became Tito.

John ”Tito” Francona, who proudly watched his son Terry follow his footsteps to the major leagues, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday night in New Brighton Jonathan Bullard Jersey , Pennsylvania. He was 84.

Francona’s passing cast a pall over Cleveland’s training camp in Goodyear, Arizona, as pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday. Terry Francona, who has been affectionately called ”Tito” for years in a respectful bow to his dad, will leave the team for several days to be with family.

There will be private services to celebrate the elder Francona’s life.

”We’re all incredibly saddened by Tito’s passing,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said. ”Not only was he a really good player in our franchise history but he was a friend to so many of us. There have been so many great things for the organization and for me personally. Having Terry here for the last five years, one of the most meaningful things for me was to get to know his dad and build a friendship with him.

”He was such a warm, thoughtful, exuberant person that brightened every room he walked into. To have the opportunity to visit with him when he’d come into town, to hear his stories, to see how he and Terry connected was really meaningful. He will be missed by so many of us.”


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks have signed general manager Jim Benning to a multiyear contract extension.

Benning has served four years in the role since joining the Canucks in May 2014.

”I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and to Trevor Linden for the commitment they’ve made to me and for their confidence in our long-term vision for the Vancouver Canucks,” Benning said in a statement.

”I’m excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build.”

Prior to joining the Canucks, Benning spent seven seasons as an assistant general manager with the Boston Bruins Matthias Farley Jersey , being part of a Stanley Cup champion in 2011. He also served as Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting for 12 years.

Benning played 12 NHL seasons as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver.


Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle are returning to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of next month’s SheBelieves Cup after dealing with injuries last year.

Brian, in France playing for Lyon, will not take part in training camp in Orlando, Florida, but will be available for the SheBelieves Cup roster. Brian had knee and groin injuries last year, while Lavelle struggled with a hamstring problem. Both missed last month’s training camp and it was unclear how much Lavelle would be able to participate.

The 26-player roster was announced by coach Jill Ellis. The list will be cut to 23 for the tournament, which opens on March 1 against Germany in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the top-ranked U.S. team and No. 2 Germany, the tournament includes No. 3 England and No. 6 France. Matches also will be played in Orlando and Harrison, New Jersey.

The roster includes newcomer Hailie Mace, a UCLA senior. Mace had 15 goals and three assists last season for the Bruins, who played in the College Cup final.
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