It came up because the Dodgers were playing in a game to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, named after the nine year-old victim — and daughter of Dodgers scout John Green — of the Tucson shooting which involved Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And after expressing some hesitance to get into the matter, Don Mattingly did offer his…
The Redskins have locked up another key member of the team for the prime seasons of his career. The team has announced that Jordan Reed has signed a contract extension.
According to multiple media reports the deal is worth about $50 million over five years. Reed, a third-round pick in 2013, is scheduled to make $1.6 million this year on the final season of his four-year rookie contract.
His new contract will make him the second highest paid tight end in the NFL behind Jimmy Graham of the Seahawks.
Reed had a breakout season in 2015, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
BY RICH GOLDBERG (@GoldyStats)
Five stats to know following the Capitals' Game 4 loss to the Penguins:
3 vs 7: The Capitals won 3 times and scored 12 goals in their first 3 games this postseason. They have 2 wins and 11 goals in their last 7 playoff games since. Then there’s the power play. Washington was 8 for 17 with the man advantage their first 3 games. Since then, the Capitals are 1 for 22, an average of 4.5 percent
Slip the jab: The Capitals outhit the Penguins 132 to 75 in the first 3 games this series. Things changed in Game 4. Despite Kris Letang out to suspension, Pittsburgh outhit Washington 47 to 41.
MV-Carlson?: If someone told you that John Carlson would lead the Capitals in playoff points, would you be concerned? Carlson leads Washington with 10 points and has the same number of playoff goals as Alex Ovechkin. Carlson scored 8 goals in the regular season. Ovechkin had 50.
Tangled Weber: Mike Weber misplayed the puck leading to the Penguins Game 4 overtime goal. The Capitals have certainly missed Brooks Orpik. They are 1-4 without the veteran defenseman this postseason and have 0 power play goals in 16 opportunities.
Trend is over: Entering Game 4, the Capitals were 4-0 this postseason when scoring first. Pittsburgh had lost 6 consecutive playoff home overtime games. Heck, the Capitals were 18-0-1 this season when Tom Wilson scored a point. All those streaks are done. The Penguins won a home overtime playoff game for the first time since 2009 when they defeated ... the Capitals.
As we profile Ravens draft picks, here are three things to know about fourth-round pick (132) defensive tackle Willie Henry:
1. Henry becomes the fourth young defensive tackle the Ravens have drafted early since 2013
They took Brandon Williams in 2013 (Round 3). They drafted Timmy Jernigan in 2014 (Round 2). They drafted Carl Davis in 2015 (Round 3).
General manager Ozzie Newsome loves drafting defensive tackles. It keeps with the Ravens’ desire to build a deep defensive line that can rotate players in and out, and relentlessly dominate the line of scrimmage.
2. Henry is another player chosen to strengthen the Ravens’ pass rush
With 6 ½ sacks last season, Henry displayed excellent quickness for a player weighing 300-plus pounds. He can bring pressure up the middle. If Henry shows well during training camp, he and Jernigan could be the defensive tackles of choice in third-and-long situations.
3. The Harbaugh family obviously likes Henry
After playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, Henry will play for John Harbaugh with the Ravens. Obviously, the Ravens had inside info on this draft pick. We’ll see how much it pays off.