New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo promises a flexible attack - Feb 27, 2014

Ben McAdoo may be behind the wheel of the Giants' offense, but the new coordinator said on Thursday that the players will be the GPS and tell him how to navigate the unit.

Vikings' Chris Cook hopes he gets a shot with new coach Mike Zimmer - Feb 27, 2014

There's no question cornerback Chris Cook fell out of favor last season under former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.

chris cook "If they want me to come back, I would love to come back, But ultimately it's not my decision. So I'm just waiting and working out. ... I would be more than happy to come back. I really enjoyed the guys I played with."
chris cook "From what I've heard, he's probably one of the best DB coaches in the game right now, So that's a positive for me if I get the opportunity to work with him."
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Andrew Hammond happy to be called up for Ottawa Senators - Feb 27, 2014

Although he still hasn't actually played his first NHL game, Andrew Hammond distinguished himself Thursday as the sixth player in Senators' history to wear No. 30 and owner of the best nickname for an Ottawa goalie since The Dominator.

Craig Anderson "It was a nickname given to me by one of my (Bowling Green) college teammates (Wade Finegan) for eating up pucks, So he called me the Hamburglar. If you look closely, it's not hamburgers on there, it's pucks."

Ryan Kesler happy with Canucks, denies trade report - Feb 27, 2014

Centre Ryan Kesler has strongly denied reports he wants out of Vancouver and insisted Thursday he hopes to remain a Canuck.

Ryan Kesler "completely false."
Ryan Kesler "Yes, I am happy. I love my teammates, love the city. My son was born here, grew up here."
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Ravens release Vonta Leach and Jameel McClain - Feb 27, 2014

Neither move a big surprise as Ravens create nearly $5 million in cap spaceFullback Vonta Leach and weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain were two well-respected Ravens, admired by teammates for their effort on the field and their leadership in the locker room.

vonta leach "I understand it, It is what it is. It's a business. I had a good three years with the Ravens."

Martin Brodeur trade rumors heat up with Blackhawks, Wild scouting Devils - Feb 27, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks dispatched two execs to Newark for the Devils' game on Thursday night. Minnesota sent its assistant GM. Both teams are rumored to be possibly making a play for Martin Brodeur before the NHL's March 5 trade deadline.

Martin Brodeur "Whatever happens, I'm fine with it."

Mike Pettine on what he learned from Rex Ryan: 'You have to take an interest in your guys' - Feb 27, 2014

The former Jets defensive coordinator remains tight with Ryan. Now Pettine gets his own chance to be in charge.

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Lawyer: Deonte Thompson's felony possession of marijuana charge being reduced to misdemeanor - Feb 27, 2014

Attorney says Ravens player is now only facing misdemeanor chargesRavens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson will no longer be facing a felony drug charge in Gainesville, Fla., according to his attorney, Huntley Johnson.

49ers' Daniel Kilgore signs three-year contract extension - Feb 27, 2014

While the 49ers weigh the long-term futures of Jim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick, the team's first contract extension this offseason was awarded Friday to Daniel Kilgore, a potential successor to Jonathan Goodwin as the starting center

Pirates notebook: Morton content with normal, for now - Feb 27, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — Two innings of work in the second game of spring training might be ho-hum to most pitchers. For Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton, ...

charlie morton "This was a hint of normalcy, Things the past few spring trainings have been kind of weird."
charlie morton "That feel I get is hard to describe, It feels like I'm powering the ball down. If I can move that around the zone with conviction, that's perfect. I think I did well with that today."
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Bertuzzi trial: Former Canucks owner John McCaw should be forced to testify says Steve Moore's lawyer - Feb 27, 2014

TORONTO — The former owner of the Vancouver Canucks should be forced to answer, in front of a jury, if he approved a career-ending sucker punch on Steve Moore, a lawyer for the former NHL player argued in court Thursday.

brian burke "unapologetic about promoting violence in hockey."

Zack Greinke hopes mild calf strain won't rule him out for Australia - Feb 27, 2014

PHOENIX — Removed from his spring debut after only four pitches Thursday with a mild right calf strain, Zack Greinke remained hopeful that he would be able to pitch in the Dodgers’ season-opening series in Australia.

zack greinke "It definitely doesn’t take me out of the mix, Hopefully, it doesn’t. But we’ll see how it feels tomorrow."

Justin Masterson hints of multiyear deal with Cleveland Indians; talks ongoing - Feb 27, 2014

After pitching a scoreless inning in a Cactus League game on Thursday, Justin Masterson revealed that talks are continuing about a mutliyear deal with the Indians.

justin masterson "I figure somehow, someway I’ll end up still being here for a few more years."
justin masterson "There’s nothing monumental, but we have talked a little bit. I would imagine if something gets done it would be before the season begins. That’s probably where we’re at."

Court considers ordering ex-Canucks owner to testify in Moore-Bertuzzi suit - Feb 27, 2014

TORONTO - The former owner of the Vancouver Canucks should be forced to answer, in front of a jury, if he approved a career-ending sucker punch on Steve Moore, a lawyer for the former NHL player argued in court Thursday.

brian burke "unapologetic about promoting violence in hockey."

Notes: Jonathan Schoop goes deep again and Henry Urrutia shows strides - Feb 27, 2014

Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop homered for the second straight day Thursday, hitting a solo homer off Bud Norris in the first inning of the Orioles' second intrasquad game.

Rangers, Girardi hit roadblock in contract talks - Feb 27, 2014

If, as New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello says, there is no such thing as “close” in contract or trade negotiations, then the Rangers are not close to a deal...

Want more points from forward Adam Henrique? Be careful, Devils coach says - Feb 27, 2014

Devils coach Pete DeBoer sees Adam Henrique as a solid two-way forward who is on pace for 20 goals because "that's probably what he is."

Orioles head groundskeeper is outstanding in her field - Feb 27, 2014

For Nicole McFadyen, a diamond that's lush and green is a girl's best friendWith frigid weather and a yard blanketed with snow, it's hard to imagine ever seeing green lawns again. Yet spring is approaching, ever so slowly, and it's time for Marylanders to think about reclaiming home field advantage.

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Calgary Flames take on L.A. Kings in first game after Olympic break - Feb 27, 2014

It's easy to forget after an 18-day break between contests, but the Flames are riding a five-game winning streak at the Saddledome and will try to make it six straight in Thursday's meeting with the Darryl Sutter-coached Los Angeles Kings.

San Jose Sharks could play at AT&T Park if chosen for NHL's Stadium Series - Feb 27, 2014

The Giants have had preliminary discussions with the Sharks and the National Hockey League about bringing a game to AT&T Park

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