Except there’s a good deal more to Maharaj’s story than his introduction to hockey and his long and compelling journey toward becoming the Ducks’ goaltending coach.,“You were reminded you were different in the schoolyard, on the subway, on the rink,” said Maharaj, in his fifth season as the Ducks’ goaltending coach after joining the organization in 2013-14 to tutor their minor-league goalies, after eight seasons with the New York Islanders.,The Ducks’ John Gibson, right, chats with team goalie coach Sudarshan Maharaj prior to the game against the Kings on March 10, 2019, at Honda Center in Anaheim.,Gibson emerged as the Ducks’ No. 1 goalie and Andersen was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2015-16 season.,Gibson on Monday became the fourth goalie in Ducks history to play his 300th game with the club, following J-S Giguere (447), Guy Hebert (441) and Jonas Hiller (326).

Perry Minasian’s first winter as the Angels’ general manager netted at least seven new players who will, barring injury, be a part of the big league roster.,Among the position players, the Angels picked up Jose Iglesias to be their new everyday shortstop, Dexter Fowler to be their right fielder (at least until Jo Adell is ready) and Kurt Suzuki to be the backup catcher.,After Ohtani agreed to a two-year deal earlier this month, agent Nez Balelo said Ohtani has taken his offseason workouts to a higher level, in an effort to move past the struggles and injuries of the past two years.,The Angels tossed Adell in the deep end last year, and months later Manager Joe Maddon conceded that the 21-year-old probably wasn’t ready.,He’s had a winter to work on the things he did wrong last year, and now he’ll go into spring training with some experience and the challenge to prove that he is still the super prospect he was supposed to be.

San Clemente High football assistant coach Joe Wood, who was the head coach at Aliso Niguel when it won a CIF championship, died Friday night.,He was Aliso Niguel’s first varsity football head coach.,Wood coached Aliso Niguel from the 1993 season through the 2005 season.,His replacement after the ’05 season was Jeff Veeder, who was an Aliso assistant coach.,Kurt Westling was on the ’96 championship team coaching staff at Aliso Niguel and would later become the school’s third head coach in 2010.

Quarterbacks coach Dana Bible has decided to retire after three seasons at UCLA.,With the Bruins, Bible has helped with the progression of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who started as a true freshman and has led the team during the past three seasons.,Thompson-Robinson had a 156.29 pass efficiency rating, the best mark by a UCLA starting quarterback since 2005, in five starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.,No decision has been announced on a replacement for Bible, but former UCLA quarterback and current wide receivers coach Jerry Neuheisel might be a candidate.,Neuheisel, the son of former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, was brought on as a graduate assistant in 2018 and worked closely with the quarterbacks and receivers.

“The coach here (Antonis Konstantinides) believes in me and has given me the opportunity to go out there and play my game,” Cane said.,Cane averaged 15.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game with Stockton, helping the Ospreys capture New Jersey Athletic Conference titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16.,“There aren’t many guys that loved basketball more than him,” said Stockton coach Scott Bittner, who was an assistant under former head coach Gerry Matthews when Cane played for the Ospreys.,Bittner called the point guard intrinsic, noting Cane never had a bad personality and was like a sponge, always willing to learn as much as possible.,I‘m not sure I enjoyed coaching a kid more than (Cane).

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn’t have much of an impact on their teams’ upcoming NFC divisional playoff matchup.,LaFleur was the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2017 during the first year of McVay’s head coaching tenure after they spent four seasons as assistants on Mike Shanahan’s Washington staff.,LaFleur says he learned his lesson as a first-year head coach last season matching up twice with the San Francisco 49ers, whose staff included his younger brother Mike as passing game coordinator.,McVay credits his time working on Mike Shanahan’s staff with LaFleur and the Shanahans for helping mold him into the coach he is now.,After Mike Shanahan was fired at the close of a 3-13 season in 2013, McVay remained at Washington as part of Jay Gruden’s staff while LaFleur spent a year as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach before heading to Atlanta.

While championship banners hang on the walls of East Catholic High School’s gymnasium, its basketball court has been quiet for months.,“I’m more grateful as a coach,” said Hand High School hockey coach Brian Gonsalves.,During this abbreviated season all participants, coaches, and officials will require a mask that must be worn at all times, including during active play.,The CIAC Board of Controls approved a plan for the winter sports season on Thursday.,Ellington High school coach Adam Zylberman said he’s encouraged by the news, after presuming the season would be canceled completely.

Meyer isn’t just a former college football coach — he’s one of the most accomplished in history.,In his final season with the Buckeyes, Meyer was suspended for three games after mishandling domestic abuse allegations involving former assistant coach Zach Smith.,The go-to sentiment is Meyer won’t be able to handle the week-to-week failure in the NFL knowing his worst season as a head coach in college was an 8-5 with Florida in 2010.,NFL MOCK DRAFT 2021: Projecting where Alabama, Ohio State players will land in first round

Meyer also is a hyper-competitive motivator who had success with college rosters flush with NFL talent.,The Ohio State NFL pipeline helped Meyer develop relationships with NFL coaches, and he undoubtedly spent the last two years learning from other coaches. read more

Hiring the longtime college coach with three national championships signifies a new direction for a franchise that has lost 105 of 144 games since Khan took over in 2012.,In other NFL news:

—Quarterback Jared Goff will start the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff game at Green Bay on Saturday, and John Wolford will be inactive.,—Four stars from Alabama’s national championship team, including Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Mac Jones, are leaving early to enter the NFL draft.,Keller was charged Wednesday in federal court in Washington after a video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the Capitol last champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case read more

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