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No game for Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors last night. In fact, they’re off until tomorrow night when the visit the Houston Rockets.
Zach Hyman had his 16th assist but the Toronto Maple Leafs still lost in OT to the host Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2. He took two shots on goal in 18:46 and served a two minute penalty for tripping.
Jason Demers had his 12th assist for the Arizona Coyotes, who lost to the host Nashville Predators in a 3-2 shootout. He took two SOG in 24:48. Jakob Chychrun was a scratch.
Brandon Leipsic was a scratch for the Las Vegas Knights, who beat the hos Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, in a battle of the two top teams in the league.
The Washington Capitols’ Andre Burakovsky did not play in last night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the host NJ Devils due to illness.
Tonight the Knights visit the Florida Panthers and the Caps host the Montreal Canadiens.
Omri Casspi returned to action last night, playing 18 minutes off the bench with four points, four rebounds, and a steal as the Golden State Warriors beat the host Chicago Bulls, 119-112. It was the 14th straight road win for Golden State (37-9). From the Sacramento Bee: “F Omri Casspi played for the first time in a week after being sidelined by lower back soreness. Casspi was available for Golden State’s win at Cleveland, but Kerr held him out. ‘I wasn’t comfortable playing him yet, because he hadn’t really played enough with that bad back,’ [Coach Steve] Kerr said. ‘I’m a little sensitive to bad backs. I wanted him to get a good workout (on Tuesday).'”
No MOT games last night. Tonight, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Philadelphia Flyers; Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Tampa Bay Lightning; David Warsofsky and the Colorado Avalanche host the San Jose Sharks; and Jason Demers, Jakob Chychrun, and the Arizona Coyotes visit the Nashville Predators.
Your regular Gabe Kapler report.
MLB.com puts Atlanta Braves hurler Max Fried at #10 on the list of top lefty prospects.
MLB.com also says the recent acquisition of Ian Kinsler is a major upgrade for the Los Angeles Angels. Conversely, his departure helps make the Detroit Tigers one of the worst teams in the game at the moment, at least according to Bleacher Report. Well at least you can’t blame Brad Ausmus anymore.
“Despite his first season at center ending prematurely due to injury, Ali Marpet and an effective pass protection effort by the offensive line aided the Tampa Bay offense in setting multiple franchise records in 2017,” according to this player recap on Buccaneers.com.
At the Australian Open, Diego Schwartzman and countryman Guido Pella of Argentina lost their doubles match to Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (Chile) and Andrei Vasilevski (Belarus) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. Madison Brengle (USA) and partner Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) beat Alison Bai and Zoe Hives (both of Australia), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, in the first round of women’s doubles.
No game for Omri Casspi and the olden state Warriors last night. Tonight they face the Bulls in Chicago. Casspi has missed the last three contests but he should be available tonight.
Zach Hyman played 19:05 without taking a shot on goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-4) fell to the visiting St. Louis Blues, 2-1, in overtime.
Brendan Leipsic was a scratch for the Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-3) in their 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Jason Demers collected his 11th assist to put the Arizona Coyotes (10-28-8) on the board in the second period of a game they eventually lost to the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-2. Jakob Chychrun played a team-high 23:25 without taking a shot on goal. How much longer will Demers (right) be on the team?
Another question: How long before the NY Islanders recall problem child Josh Ho-Sang?
No MOT games tonight.
How not to be an example: Kevin Pillar and the dangers of over-strenuous sneezing.
At the Australian Open, Jonathan Ehrlich (Israel) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) lost to Radu Albot (Mondovia) and Hyeon Chung (S. Korea) in men’s doubles, 7-6, 6-3. Madison Brengle (USA) fell to Johanna Konta (United Kingdom), 6-3, 6-1. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in a tough one: 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 7-5.
They made a movie about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. How about one an Israeli skeleton athlete?
Featuring games from Jan. 15…
Omri Casspi missed his third straight game after his recent back issues due to as the Golden State Warriors (36-9) beat the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-108. Although he had been cleared to play, he was kept out of action as a “healthy scratch.” His next opportunity will be tomorrow night when the Warriors visit the Chicago Bulls.
David Warsofsky is back! Who knew? He’s on the Colorado Avalanche now but he missed last night’s 3-1 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks as a scratch. He was recently recalled from the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. Warsofsky made his debut in 2013 with the Boston Bruins. he has also played for the NJ Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 5’9″, 170-pound defenseman has two goals and four assists in 39 career games.
The professional life-span of an athlete is usually pretty brief; hockey players last five-and-a-half years, slightly less than a Major Leaguer which tops the sports world with 5.6 seasons. So it’s never too early to think about your next career, as Andre Burakovsky is doing. #Flipper.
Although the Arizona Coyotes didn’t play last night, you can still read about Jakob Chychrun.
Tonight’s schedule shows Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the rest of the Coyotes hosting the San Jose Sharks; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the St. Louis Blues; and Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Nashville Predators
Israel’s Dudi Sela was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round. Camila Giorgi (Italy) bested Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-4, 6-3. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), 6-1, 6-3, 7-6,
An Algemeiner Journal headline: “New York Times Places Patriots’ Jewish Owner in Christian ‘Holy Trinity’.” Hmm.
His post-season may have bought him some time, but how much more patience will the LA Dodgers show for Joc Pederson?
How will the acquisition of Curtis Granderson (one of the class guys in the game and a favorite of mine) impact Kevin Pillar?
ThatBallsOutaHere — a Phillies-centric blog — tells fans why they should be excited about their new manager, Gabe Kapler.
Goldberg, the wrestler, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Omri Casspi missed Friday’s game for the Golden State Warriors because of a bad back as his mates beat the host Milwaukee Bucks, 108-94. He also missed Saturday’s closer 127-125 win against the host Toronto Raptors. The Warriors are 35-9, with an amazing 19-3 mark on the road.
Andre Burakovsky missed the Friday game with his Washington Capitols due to illness. The Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3.
Michael Cammalleri took took shots on goal in 14:16 as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes, 4-2 on Friday. The next night, he took four SOG in 13:40 as the Oilers topped the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2, in overtime. Brandon Leipsic took one SOG in a game-low 7:13 TOI.
Jakob Chychrun‘s sixth assist of the season gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the first period. He took two SOG in his team-leading 22:45 of ice time. Jason Demers took a shot in 19:14 Friday’s game. He added his seventh the next night, but the result was the same: a loss, this time 6-5 in overtime to the host San Jose Sharks. Chychrun didn’t take any shots in 21:18. Demers took one SOG in 18:58.
Jason Zucker‘s 16th goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-0 lead over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He took five SOG in 16:26. The Wild would go on to win that one, 4-2. They lost on Sunday in OT to the despite Zucker’s 17 net-finder which started the scoring in the first period on a a power play.
Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs did not play over the weekend, as part of their bye week, a new item in the NHL this year.
Back in the early 1980s, when free agents didn’t get picked up, there was talk of collusion among the owners to keep salaries down. How does that compares to the situation now, where numerous FA’s are still available? Interesting piece in the New York Times on it.
Speaking of free agents, could Scott Feldman be joining the San Francisco Giants?
Joc Pederson avoided arbitration, signing a one-year deal worth a reported $2.6 million with the LA Dodgers. According to the fantasy baseball section of CBSSports, “Last season was a trying one for Pederson, as he missed time due to injury and struggled at the plate, even earning a demotion to Triple-A for a while in the second half. He finished on a high note with two homers in the World Series, but Pederson will likely be platooned heavily again to begin 2018, and he could lose out on playing time against righties to Alex Verdugo if he gets off to a slow start.”
Kevin Pillar also avoided arbitration, signing with the Toronto Blue Jays for a nice raise of $2.7 mil, giving him him $3.25, which seems a bit ow to me, comparatively speaking.
Ryan Braun, first baseman?
Read all about Ian Kinsler in his interview with The Athletic (subscription site, ugh.)
Time for the Australian Open again, this being the first day. Jewish players participating this year include Israeli perennials Dudi Sela and Jonathan Ehrlich. According to the Australian Jewish News, “Players who have secured their spots in the first Grand Slam tournament for the year include Sela (ranked 78 in the world), Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (26) and Canadian Denis Shapovalov (50) in the men’s singles, and Italian Camila Giorgi (100) and American Madison Brengle (92) in the women’s singles.” Schwartzman, right, won his first match, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in five sets. Stay tuned.
Games of Jan. 11
No games last night for Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors. Tonight they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.
The sports management club at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ, recently had the special opportunity to visit the offices of the NBA.
In the only NHL/MOT game, Andre Burakovsky was a healthy scratch as the Washington Capitols (27-14-3) lost to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1.
Tonight, the Caps visit the Carolina Hurricanes while Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers visit Jakob Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the Arizona Coyotes.
Alex Bregman and other athletes helped out at a benefit skills camp.
Mitchell Schwartz, the All-Pro offensive tackle for the KC Chiefs, looks back on an ultimately disappointing season.
In last night’s action…
Omri Casspi played 24 minutes of the bench, scoring six points with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals, but the Golden State Warriors (33-9) dropped this one to the visiting LA Clippers, 125-106.
Just two games last night, both involving MOTs. No such similar circumstances tonight.
Jason Zucker had an assist on the Minnesota Wild’s first goal in their 2-1 win over the host Chicago Blackhawks. It was the 16th on the year for Zucker, who took three shots on goal in 13:33. The Wild improve to 23-17-4. Nice to see he’s making a difference off the ice as well: Zucker of the Wild and his wife Carly are partnering with University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to build a family suite and broadcast studio. That’s Zucker on the left with Michael E. Jordan and Alex Fenner of the sports apparel firm UNRL.
Zach Hyman took one shot in 19:11 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-3) lost to the visiting Ottawa Senators, 3-2.
Breaking (?) Jice news: There’s evidently still some dispute over the Jewish identity of Andre Burakovsky of the Washington Capitols. You may recall there was a bit of discrepancy a couple of years ago as to whether he denied being Jewish. But he’s still listed as such in the latest edition of the Jewish Sports Review and that’s good enough for me. To recap his season, Burakovsky has three goals and five assists in just 21 games due to a combination of injury and healthy scratches. The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division/ second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-13-3.
A “new” Jice-man, according to JSR, is Jakob Chychrun, a 19-year-old, 6-2, 200 pound defenseman for the Arizona Coyotes. He has appeared in 16 games this season with one goal and five assists. According to Bob Wechsler, author of Day by Day in Jewish Sports History and The Jewish Baseball Card Book, “His mother must be Jewish, because his father [Jeff] played in the NHL.” Chychrun the younger actually made his NHL debut last year.
Fair or not, one ESPN contributor picked Adam Bisnowaty as the most disappointing rookie for the NY Giants: “This is probably nitpicking a bit. Bisnowaty was a sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh. He wasn’t supposed to make an immediate impact. He was, however, supposed to make the roster. Instead, he sat on the practice squad for the first 16 weeks of the season and looked overmatched in pass protection during his one appearance in the finale against the Redskins.”
Legendary sports writer Irwin Cohen contributed this piece on Jews and baseball to the Brooklyn-based Jewish Press.
Sports sandals, anyone? These come from the Israeli firm, Naot.
Only two MOT games last night. Michael Cammalleri took one shot on goal in 12:32 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-23-3) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period, losing to the host Nashville Predators, 2-1.
Jason Zucker took three SOG in 19:20 in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. The Wild are (is?) 22-17-4.
On tonight’s docket: Zucker and the Wild move on to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators.
Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They host the LA Clippers tonight.
This could be a make-or-break season for LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
There’s been chatter that Baltimore orioles pitcher Richard Bleier could wind up in the starting rotation, but according to this piece, maybe he’ll be the closer?
There are all sorts of metrics the scouts use to see if an athlete is “worthy” of playing in the NFL, such as the Wonderlic Test. But how much does character count? Is the young man a good team guy? And how easily can rumors quash a career? Josh Rosen might be the target of negative assessments. We know he doesn’t want to play for the Cleveland Browns, but what are the chances the NY Jets claim him?
Only a Game, the public radio sports show, offered this segment on quarterback Bennie Friedman in their series on the history of the forward pass. You can hear the story — “The Son Of Jewish Immigrants Who Became Football’s First Passing Specialist” — here. Thanks to the very informative SportsBiblio.com for the link.
I don’t know how much Jewish content there is in This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash, by the actor Michael Rapaport, but I’m including it just on the basis of the cover:
Games of Jan. 8.
Omri Casspi had a pretty good all-around game off the bench for the Golden State Warriors (33-8) in their 124-114 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets. Casspi score four points in 12 minutes but also contributed four rebounds, one assist, a blocked shot, and a steal. Next up: the LA Clippers come to town on Wednesday.
Only one game on the NHL docket last night but it involved one of the boys: Zach Hyman took two shots on goal in 18:26 as the Toronto Maple Leafs ((25-16-3) fell to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime, 3-2.
Tonight, Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers visit the Nashville Predators while Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild play host to the Calgary Flame.
Holy cow. Spring training hasn’t even started yet but we get a headline like this? I almost feel sorry for Gabe Kapler; has to be tough being involved in any sport in Philadelphia.
Now this is what the off-season is for (Ryan Braun).
Already mentioned the JFL news on Saturday so no need to rehash that…
Omri Casspi scored eight points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Golden State Warriors (32-8) on Saturday in their 121-105 win over the host LA Clippers, going 2-6 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers, “leading” the team with a +/- rating of -13.. Casspi had missed the previous game with a rib injury. The Warrior host the Denver Nuggets tonight.
Jason Demers 10th assist of the year tied the game between the Arizona Coyotes (10-27-6, last in the Western Conference) and visiting Nashville Predators at 2-2 in the third period on Friday. The Coyotes won in OT, 3-2. Demers had two shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time.
Zach Hyman contributed his 15th goal of the season Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-2) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, on Saturday. That one put the Leafs on the board, trailing 2-0 in the third period. Hyman took one shot on goal in 18:51.
Brandon Leipsic took one shot on goal in 13:13 as the Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2) won their ninth game in their last 10 games, 5-4, over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. He had 9;19 time on ice in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the visiting NY Rangers.
Jason Zucker assisted on both goals for the Minnesota Wild (22-17-3) in their 7-2 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. That gave him 15 on the season to match his 15 goals. He took one SOG in 15:57.
Michael Cammalleri took three SOG in 13:52 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) fell 5-1 to the host Dallas Stars on Saturday. He added his 10th assist on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the host Blackhawks. Cams took two SOG in 14:27. The Oilers are 18-22-3.
Nothing new under the sun.