Via C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Reds third base coach Mark Berry told the team Sunday morning that he has been diagnosed with cancer, but expressed optimism that he will beat it. “I have cancer,” Berry told reporters after the team meeting. “I know it sounds bad, the word cancer, but there are…
After leading the Capitals to their second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, head coach Barry Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Thursday. The award is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters' Association and is officially awarded to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."
Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers are also finalists.
In his second season as coach, Trotz led the Caps to a 56-18-8 record and a Presidents' Trophy. The team set franchise records in wins (56) and road wins (27) and also came just one shy of tying records in home wins (29) and points (120).
This is the third time Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams. He finished second in 2010 and third in 2011 while with the Nashville Predators. Should Trotz win, he will become the third coach to win the award in franchise history. Bryan Murray won for the 1983-84 season and Bruce Boudreau for the 2007-08 season.
The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.
Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick (107), wide receiver Chris Moore from the University of Cincinnati:
1. Moore’s college breakout game came against Ohio St in 2014.
Everybody in the Buckeyes’ secondary who played against Moore remembers him. Moore had three catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and he also had a 40-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty. On two of those touchdowns, Moore burned highly-touted Ohio St. defensive backs - cornerback Eli Apple, who was drafted No. 10 overall by the Giants, and safety Vonn Bell, who went to the Saints in Round 2.
“When it came time to play against the best talent, I performed,” Moore said.
2. At 6-foot-2, 190 pound, Moore has the frame to be more than just a deep receiver.
“I practice running every route, every single day,” Moore said. “I run all the short routes too, so I’m not just a deep threat.”
3. The biggest knock on Moore is the drops he had in college.
The Ravens coaching staff, particularly wide receiver coach Bobby Engram, will be looking for ways to improve Moore’s concentration and technique.
Four-star guard and Maryland target Nickeil Alexander-Walker has committed to Virginia Tech, he announced via Instagram on Thursday evening.
Walker-Alexander, who is listed at 6-5, 175 pounds, is rated as the No. 91 overall player in the class of 2017, according to Rivals.com. He is a native of Canada who plays for Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.) and Under Armour-affiliated Canada Elite AAU.
So far this AAU season, he is averaging 15.1 points and 2.5 assists per game while ranking in the Top 15 on the Under Armour circuit with 15 made threes. He recently visited both Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Maryland does not yet have a verbal commitment in the class of 2017.
Watch his highlights below.