Tom Coughlin is not happy with Pierre-Paul video

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Tom Coughlin is not happy with Pierre-Paul video

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Tom Coughlin talked about the usual pros and cons after watching the video of the Giants' preseason win over the Jets, and the report on injuries to running back Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley seemed OK. What the Giants coach had a problem with Sunday was a video of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice bath at training camp at the University at Albany. It was tweeted by punter Steve Weatherford before Saturday's 26-3 win over the Jets, and it contains some inappropriate language. The incident also could be considered either hazing -- although that's odd for a second-year player -- or even bullying. Some might explain it as camp bonding, but Amukamara doesn't look amused. Neither was Coughlin. "I'm learning about that today," Coughlin said. "I really didn't have any information about that until maybe an hour ago, an hour before this conference call. I'm going to look into it; I'm going to talk to the parties involved." It was not clear whether Coughlin had seen the video of Pierre-Paul carrying a non-resistant Amukamara through a hallway as teammates followed, some shouting inappropriate comments. Once Pierre-Paul reaches the ice tubs he seems to fling Amukamara into the water. The cornerback gets out of the water quickly but the look on his face suggests he is upset. "Anything that occurs within this family or within our group should not be a part of any social media aspect," Coughlin said. "I'm going to address that strongly, and I've spent a little time on that this preseason, but I'll look into it further." Giants players were off Sunday. Amukamara told the Star-Ledger of Newark after the game that he was confused getting thrown into the bath since he was no longer a rookie, but he said: "I know it's all love. Yeah, no one ever likes it, especially when it's you vs. eight and no one's helping you. But it doesn't mess up our team morale or anything." While the video attracted the most attention Sunday, the good news for the Super Bowl champions (No. 3 in the AP Pro32) was that Bradshaw seemingly has only a bruised right hand after it hit a helmet and popped a cyst on his hand in the process. Hosley, who made the biggest play of the game returning a second-quarter interception 77 yards for a touchdown, has a case of turf toe on his right foot. It was in a cast after the game. "Hopefully nothing will turn up in terms of all the tests, and then it's going to be something that is going to be very sore," Coughlin said. "There's no doubt. How he is able to deal with it will indicate how fast he can get back on the practice field." Hosley was on the field for only seven plays. The third-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech did not know on which play he was hurt. If there was an area of concern for the Giants, it was their running game, which finished last in the league in 2011. They gained 58 yards on 32 carries, a horrible 1.8-yard average. Coughlin said the Jets used a lot of fronts, more than he expected for a preseason game. "That's going to be very helpful," Coughlin said. "I didn't like it, a lot of it, and we certainly had our share of mistakes, and our second and third guys were kind of swimming a little bit. But I don't think there's any question about the value of it. Having experienced it this early in the season, the benefit will be going forward." Coughlin was not sure how long linebacker Mark Herzlich (hip pointer) and defensive end Adrian Tracy (minor hamstring) would be sidelined.

Edmonton gives someone else a chance as Tornoto wins NHL Draft Lottery

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Edmonton gives someone else a chance as Tornoto wins NHL Draft Lottery

Sorry conspiracy theorists, the Edmonton Oilers did not win the draft lottery. Instead it was the Toronto Maple Leafs who will be picking first in June after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The Leafs had the best odds to win after finishing the regular season with the NHL's worst record. Behind them will be Winnipeg who jumped up to second.

Here is the full draft order:

1. Toronto
2. Winnipeg
3. Columbus
4. Edmonton
5. Vancouver
6. Calgary
7. Arizona
8. Buffalo
9. Montreal
10. Colorado
11. New Jersey
12. Ottawa
13. Carolina
14. Boston

Five of the top six picks in the draft are now held by Canadian teams.

By winning the lottery, the Maple Leafs will have the option of drafting forward Auston Matthews who is widely considered to be the top prospect in the draft. The irony of an American prospect going first overall to the biggest market in Canada should not be lost on anyone.

Edmonton finished the season with the second-worst record in the NHL, but did not win an unprecedented fifth time in seven years. The Oilers instead fell to No. 4 in the draft.

The NHL Draft will take place in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.

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Brach seems always to be in right place for the win

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Brach seems always to be in right place for the win

BALTIMORE— It seems that Brad Brach is always the winning pitcher when the Orioles take the lead late in a game. 

On Friday night, Brach gave up just his second run and fifth hit when Chicago’s Brett Lawrie tied the score in the top of the seventh, but Nolan Reimold’s three-run home run gave the Orioles the lead. 

Brach is 3-0 this year, and 15-4 in his three seasons with the Orioles.

“Unfortunately, last night was not the win I wanted to get. I don’t what it’s been. I don’t know if it’s the case of being in a lot of tight games or what the deal is, but I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a lot of games that are close, and we score some runs, and I get wins. Hopefully, we can continue doing that,” Brach said. 

This year, Brach has pitched 14 1/3, walking five and striking out five. 

“It’s just going after the hitters. It’s what I did in the minor leagues. In the last three or four or five years, I didn’t attack the hitters like I normally do.  My walk numbers were way up,” Brach said.

“I don’t know if it’s just confidence or overall stuff or what it is, but I’m just been real aggressive and trying to get back to what I did in the minor leagues and keep the walks down. That’s pretty much been keeping me out of trouble.”

Brach has mixed up his pitches more, too. 

“I got to throw my slider a lot during the spring this year. It gave me confidence in a third pitch. It’s allowed me to go right after the hitter and use any one of my three pitches in any count, and that’s been huge,” Brach said. 

If the starters give the Orioles a good six innings, the bullpen thinks they’ve got the game in hand.

“That’s what we kind of think. Until teams show us otherwise, that’s what we’re going to believe. If we have a lead or it’s a tie game in the sixth, it’s over and we’re going to win. It’s confidence we have in each other down there. We all just believe that the next guy who’s out there is going to put up a zero and we’re going to get a W,” Brach said.