Jose Lopez signs with Japanese team for $911,000

Jose Lopez signs with Japanese team for $911,000

Making official what was reported last week, Jose Lopez has signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. According to the Associated Press he’ll get $911,000, which is less than most former major leaguers heading to Japan typically receive and suggests Lopez couldn’t find anything more than a minor-league deal in America. And…

New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

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New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

New Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson says he’s fully recovered from the wrist injury that cut short his senior season at TCU.

Doctson, who was drafted No. 22 overall by Washington on Thursday, had pins surgically inserted into his left wrist after a defender fell on him during the Horned Frogs’ 49-29 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 7.

Doctson missed TCU’s final two regular season games and eventually was ruled out of the Alamo Bowl, as well. The 6 foot 2, 202 pounder was also forced to withdraw from the Senior Bowl.

Doctson, however, told reporters on Thursday night that he’s been full-go since late February.

“I was full strength by the end of the combine,” he said via conference call from Chicago. “There’s nothing wrong with my wrist, nothing wrong with my body.”

Doctson added: “Everything is working 100 percent, and like I said, I’m ready to get back on the field.”

Which, of course, is good news since the Redskins plan to use their new receiver extensively in 2016 and he’ll need all of the practice reps he can get this spring and summer. Rookie minicamp is scheduled to be held at Redskins Park early next month and will be followed by the start of OTAs on May 24.

Will Ravens use extra picks to make trades in NFL Draft rounds 2 and 3?

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Will Ravens use extra picks to make trades in NFL Draft rounds 2 and 3?

With eight picks remaining in the draft, including the fifth pick in the second round (No. 36 overall), the Ravens are just getting started making moves. Here are three reasons why the Ravens might make a trade Friday night during round 2 or round 3:

1. The Ravens need to strengthen their chances of getting a quality pass rusher or corner.

If the Ravens want a corner or pass rusher who can step in and contribute next season, it’s getting late. Before the draft, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said he felt more pressure thinking about the second-round pick (No. 36) than he did the first round. The Ravens won’t sit around and wait if they sense all the players they covet slipping away. Don’t be surprised to see the Ravens trade up in either Round 2 or 3 to target a player they want. Corners still on the board include Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Xavien Howard of Baylor, and Cyrus Jones of Alabama. Pass rushers on the board include Kamalei Correa of Boise St. and Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky. The third round could be too late to get any of those players.

2. The chance to get UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack makes the start of Round 2 even more fluid.

Jack is a first-round talent who is only available due to concerns about his knee. Many teams, including the Ravens, could be thinking about picking Jack, or trading up to get him.

3. If the Ravens keep all of their picks, all nine players are unlikely to make the team.

The Ravens already have a crowded roster at several positions, including running back and tight end. They will also bring in more free agents once the draft is over. It makes sense to trade a pick or two, in exchange for a player who helps them next season.

Positive signs surround Capitals' Game 1 win over Penguins

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Positive signs surround Capitals' Game 1 win over Penguins

News, notes and quotes from the Capitals’ hair-raising, breath-taking 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at Verizon Center (stick tap to research analyst Rich Goldberg):

Positive sign: Per Elias Sports Bureau, teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series hold an all-time series record of 445-200 (69 percent), including a perfect 8-0 in Round 1 this spring.

“Game 1 is really important, but it’s amazing how, opposed to 10 years ago, how well road teams are doing,” Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “I think no matter what building you’re playing in, it’s kind of an even playing field.”

Don’t count your chickens: In their eight previous playoff meetings with the Penguins the Caps have won Game 1 seven times but are 1-6 in those series.

Familiar territory: Since 2001, the Penguins are 0-7 when starting a playoff series on the road.

Powerless: Despite leading the NHL with eight power-play goals in Rounds 1, the Caps (0-for-4) and Pens (0-for-2) were held silent in Game 1. It marked the first time this post-season the Pens were held without a power play goal.

The Caps are now 0-for-14 since Game 3 against Philadelphia. They started that series 8-for-17 in the first three games.

By the numbers: The Caps improved to 38-2-2 this season when scoring first; 23-0-1 record when leading after the first; and 29-7-8 in one-goal goal games.

OT history: The Capitals are now 24-30 in playoff overtimes, 11-13 on home ice. In the Alex Ovechkin era they are 10-13 in playoff OTs, 5-6 at home.

Trickster: T.J. Oshie became the third player in Caps history to record a playoff hat trick with an overtime goal, joining Nicklas Backstrom (Game 2, 2010 conference quarterfinal against Montreal) and Dino Ciccarelli (Game 1, 1990 division semifinal against New Jersey).

Oshie now has six goals and one assist in six games against the Penguins this season.

Leave it to Ovi: Alex Ovechkin on T.J. Oshie's wraparound goal: "Great effort by Osh. I think in overtime every shot is a good shot." 

Hitman: Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with seven hits and his 35 hits this postseason ranks fourth in the NHL. 

Bura-cuda: Andre Burakovsky now has three goals and two assists this season against Pittsburgh.

At the top: Goalie Braden Holtby became the Caps’ winningest goalie in playoff history with his 21st win.