Van Riemsdyk earned a fourth-line demotion for Tuesday's loss in Washington, and really, he wasn't a player easy to notice out there before or during that game.,"When the team isn't winning games there are going to be lots of things that get changed around, moved around," van Riemsdyk said.,Van Riemsdyk, the Flyers No. 2 overall pick in 2007 who played three seasons here before being traded to Toronto, fully developed his offensive game over six seasons with the Maple Leafs.,By the time he lined up on the first line Thursday night against the Stars, van Riemsdyk had scored but six goals and 14 points in 27 games.,"Certainly when a team is doing this sort of thing (losing eight straight games), I don't think anyone can be too content with how things are going for themselves personally," van Riemsdyk said.

The player nicknamed Joker finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help the Western Conference-leading Nuggets extend their home winning streak to 11 by cruising past the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100 on Thursday night.,Jokic did a little bit of everything, including the pass of the night when he lofted a full-length strike over a defender to Jamal Murray for a dunk in the third quarter.,This capped off the night: Jokic and Miller exchanging jerseys.,These days, the same can be said of Jokic, who was coming off a game in Miami on Tuesday in which he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.,NATIONAL TREASURES

Jokic, who's from Serbia, currently sits in seventh place among Western Conference frontcourt players in the All-Star voting by fans. read more

Metea (9-7): Ethan Helwig 35 points; first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.,Aurora’s Meija Rabi (women’s basketball) was chosen NACC Player of the Week.

Nate, along with Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and host James Brown will kick off CBS’ coverage of the game on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.,CBS Local Sports: Philip Rivers doesn’t have the best history against Brady and the Patriots, going 1-7 in his career and 0-2 in the postseason.,CBS Local Sports: The Chargers coaching staff came up with an impressive game plan to stop the Ravens last Sunday.,CBS Local Sports: In the other AFC game, the Chiefs host the Colts.,That is important because, going into a game like this with Pat Mahomes, you can have a similar gameplan but you have to be sure that when you send a blitz it lands.

The Guelph Storm made its second big trade of the day Saturday afternoon, acquiring defenceman Markus Phillips from the Owen Sound Attack.,In exchange the Storm sends the Attack six draft picks, one of them conditional: second round 2019 (compensatory), second round 2020 (Mississauga), third round 2021 (Erie), second round 2022 (North Bay), third round 2024 (Guelph) and fourth round 2023 (Guelph, conditional).,Phillips, a six-foot, 194-pound defenceman from Toronto, was the first defenceman taken in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, ninth overall.,He was drafted by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.,He is expected to play Sunday when the Storm hosts the North Bay Battalion at 2 p.m.

Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Former NHL player Joe Sakic is introduced during the NHL 100 presented by GEICO Show as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Microsoft Theater on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.,So, how do the coaches go about motivating the Colorado Avalanche players?,We also have a lot of role players, as any team does.,Because what is Jared Bednar, who never played in the NHL and doesn’t have the coaching chops yet to use that to back himself up, going to tell the elitest players on the team?,In any case, I guess the Colorado Avalanche’s stars are just going to have to find their own way just like Roy and Sakic did in their day.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local 12 News' Gary Miller admits that, while he practiced very hard, he could not successfully pronounce the name of Seton Hall's Forward Sandro Mamukelashvili.,In fact, it seems that he had about as hard of a time pronouncing Mamukelashvili's name as Xavier had keeping Mamukelashvili from slamming down buckets.,WATCH the above video to see Gary try his best to pronounce the name of the player who put down 11 points to help his team defeat Xavier 80-70.,Take a look at Sandro Mamukelashvili's player profile.

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