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NHL: Wild Signs Niederreiter to 3-Year Deal

Winger Nino Niederreiter signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.  Reports say the deal is worth $8 million.

Niederreiter was acquired last summer by the Wild in a trade with the New York Islanders. He played 81 games with Minnesota, scoring 14 goals and dishing out 22 assists.

Niederreiter, 22, was selected by the Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played in 145 games, tallying 16 goals and 39 points.


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The Kids are All Right – Surprising NFL Rookies

Week one is over for the NFL and surprisingly some rookies made significant impacts on their and my teams. Here are four rookies who did great in their NFL debut.

Allen Hurns started his season off with a big bang. The former Miami Hurricanes receiver scored a TD on each of his first two receptions against the Eagles. He ended the game with four catches, 110 yards, and two TDs, but what’s great about him was his targets. He was targeting nine times by Chad Henne and clearly benefitted from Cecil Shorts III missing this game.

Brandin Cooks was a big-time playmaker for the Oregon State Beavers in 2013 and hasn’t stopped apparently. All he did was put up a stat line of 7/77/1 against the division rival Atlanta Falcons. He also had an 18-yard rush. Brees and the Saints showed a willingness to get him the football and in this offense we could be talking a lot more about Cooks in 2014.

Kelvin Benjamin was a first rounder out of FSU and he showed why in week one against the Buccaneers. Even without Cam Newton at QB, Benjamin went for 6/92/1. When Newton is healthy you can guarantee he’s going to look Benjamin’s way with that kind of productivity. He was also targeted a total of eight times in his NFL debut.

Terrance West is probably a guy you’ve never heard of and with good reason. He played at Towson and was just a third rounder. Well, in week one he took advantage of Ben Tate getting hurt. West ended the game with 16 carries and 100 yards. He didn’t reach the end zone, but 6.3 yard per carry average in his debut is pretty dang good.

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FIBA UPDATE: Team USA Advances to Semifinals

James Harden scored all 14 of his points in the second half while Klay Thompson added 20 points, helping the United States pull away from Slovenia in a 119-76 win in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday.

The game was not as easy as the final score suggests, however. Team USA only led 49-42 at the half, with Slovenia closing the gap to as close as five in the third quarter. However, the Americans would reel off a 27-10 run before scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to make it a 96-64 contest.

“We just stick to the program. We know it’s tough for any team to run with us for 40 minutes because of how deep we are and how hard we work on the floor,” said Stephen Curry. “I think we understand we didn’t make many shots in the first half but our defense was pretty solid, and if we kept the pressure on them, things would open up.”

Team USA shot just 36 percent in the first half, but finished the game at 50 percent, thanks in large part to Thompson’s 20 points. The US will play Lithuania on Thursday in the semifinals.


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Here’s to the Little Guys – part-2

In my last article I discussed a few teams that were majorly relevant to fantasy college football and didn’t nearly get to as many I wanted to. Well, I’m back again to get to them so you’re prepared for any game slate that comes your way. So, which other teams and players are there to know for 2014?

Navy hasn’t been relevant in a long time, but Keenan Reynolds surely is relevant in 2014. He ran for 31 TDs last season and is a lock for 20+ in 2014. When facing off against San Jose State last season, he ran for 240 yards and seven TDs! Overall, he ran for over 1,300 yards in 2013.

East Carolina might have one of the best passing attacks in all of college football in 2014. Led by QB Shane Carden, the Pirates average 40.2 points per game in 2013. He threw for 31 TDs and 4,100 yards, added 10 more TDs on the ground, and even caught a TD last season. His big time WR is Justin Hardy, a legit NFL prospect who has combined for 202 catches, 19 TDs, and almost 2,400 yards in the last two seasons. And don’t forget about sophomore Isaiah Jones. He caught 60 passes as a freshman and caught ten in the first game of 2014.

Colorado State has suddenly become a team that can get production out of RBs you’ve never heard of, so when former Alabama RB transferred Dee Hart to CSU I got oddly excited. After battling a minor offseason injury, Hart debuted for CSU against Colorado and put up 129 yards and two TDs. He even added 35 more yards on three catches. Hart’s potential is huge in this offense.

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Ravens Terminate Ray Rice

The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice on Monday in wake of TMZ Sports releasing a new video of him punching his then-fiancee in the face in an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also announced Monday that Rice is suspended indefinitely in the wake of the newly released video.

Rice hit Janay Palmer with a left fist to the head. Palmer fell on the hand rail and landed on the floor before Rice is shown dragging her seemingly unconscious body out into the lobby.

On July 25, Rice was suspended by the NFL for two games and fined more than $500,000. The move was highly criticized and led to Goodell instituting a six-game suspension for any first offenders to a domestic abuse case and a lifetime ban for a second offense.

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” the NFL released in a statement on Monday regarding the new video.  ”That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”

Rice had three years and $10 million remaining on his contract.


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