MLB Rumors: Ben Cherington Accepts Pirates GM Job; Here’s Ex-Red Sox Boss’ First Task — NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7nz86e” width=”480″ height=”270″] Ben Cherington is set to take his talents to the National League. The baseball executive has accepted the role as the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey reported Friday, citing sources. Having reportedly beat out the other finalist, Milwaukee Brewers vice president and assistant general manager Matt […]

MLB Rumors: Ben Cherington Accepts Pirates GM Job; Here’s Ex-Red Sox Boss’ First Task — NESN.com

Browns’ Garrett suspended for rest of season by NFL after Thursday night melee — MyStateline.com

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason by the NFL on Friday for using a helmet “as a weapon” and striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head. His violent outburst in the final seconds of Thursday’s nationally televised game against […]

Browns’ Garrett suspended for rest of season by NFL after Tuesday night melee — MyStateline.com

‘TRULY SORRY’: Leafs’ Matthews ready to move on after charge dismissed — Toronto Sun

A contrite Auston Matthews is relieved to move on after a charge of disorderly conduct against him was dismissed on Wednesday. “I want to reiterate again how truly sorry I am for my actions, my behaviour,” the Maple Leafs star said after Toronto’s morning skate at Scotiabank Arena on Friday morning. “I never meant to […]

‘TRULY SORRY’: Leafs’ Matthews ready to move on after charge dismissed — Toronto Sun

STATEMENT FROM MAPLE LEAFS PRESIDENT BRENDAN SHANAHAN

STATEMENT FROM TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PRESIDENT BRENDAN SHANAHAN

Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan issued the following statement today after a charge of disorderly conduct against forward Auston Matthews was dismissed in his home state of Arizona. 

“The Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to developing and promoting the qualities of good character, respect and equality in our organization, including our players, and we recognize and embrace the role we serve in the community. While Auston has been an exceptional ambassador for the Leafs in representing those values, his conduct in this incident last May failed to meet expectations.

We appreciate that Auston has publicly reiterated today that he is truly sorry for his conduct and has recognized the impact his actions caused. We have no doubt that he has learned a valuable lesson and will grow from this experience.”

MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: “William Nylander tied his career-best goal-streak (3 games) on Nov. 13 at New York Islanders. … Has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games on home ice. … Has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through six games in November.”

BOSTON BRUINS (11-3-4 – 26 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (9-7-4 – 22 Points)

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BOSTON

ALL-TIME RECORD:278-290-98-10 (676 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:174-110-51-3 (338 Games)
2019-20:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST TEN:5-5-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BOSTON

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (61), John Tavares (34), Morgan Rielly (25)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5), Morgan Rielly (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (33), Mitch Marner (15), John Tavares (13)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (27), Mitch Marner (20)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Martin Marincin (14), Jake Muzzin (10), John Tavares (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOBOSTON
GOALS FOR (Rank):67 (3rd)64 (t-5th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       65 (28th)45 (t-2nd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):12/68 [17.6%] (20th)18/59 [30.5%] (1st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):55/73 [75.3%] (24th)46/56 [82.1%] (t-12th)
SHOTS (Rank):666 (2nd)584 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):979 (1st)786 (20th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.2% (3rd)52.3% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (4th)50.9% (t-9th)

MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Dec. 3, 1924 (Toronto St. Pats 5, Boston 3)
ALL-TIME RECORD:278-290-98-10 (676 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:174-110-51-3 (338 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:104-180-41-7 (338 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:November 11, 2017 (Toronto 4, Boston 1)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. BRUINS

Frederik AndersenFirst win as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 15, 2016)
Alex KerfootFirst NHL goal (Oct. 11, 2017 (COL) vs. BOS)
Mitch MarnerFirst NHL goal (Oct. 15, 2016 vs. BOS)
Nic PetanFirst NHL game (Oct. 8, 2015 (WPG) at BOS)
First NHL goal (Oct. 8, 2015 (WPG) at BOS)
Jason SpezzaFirst NHL game (Oct. 24, 2002 (OTT) at BOS)
First NHL point (Oct. 24, 2002 (OTT) at BOS)
John Tavares200th career NHL goal (March 12, 2016 (NYI) at BOS)
Dmytro TimashovFirst NHL goal (Oct. 21, 2019 vs. BOS)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS13 (Matthews)
ASSISTS14 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS26 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs16 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS77 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.2% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %57.0% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS39 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS46 (Moore)
TOI PER GAME25:31 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:30 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:40 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 6-2-3 on home ice this season with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
– Has a 12-2-0 record alongside a .928 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average in 14 career games against Boston.- Fifth in the NHL in saves (426) and eighth in even-strength saves (327).
Tyson Barrie– Sixth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (53).
– Has been on the ice for 387 Toronto shot attempts, which is the second-most on-ice shot attempts-for among all NHL skaters
Cody Ceci– Fourth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time (73:21).- Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (39).- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.3 percent – the highest of his career to-date.
Travis Dermott– Averaging 0:59 per game in shorthanded ice time after averaging 1:03 per game in shorthanded ice time in 2018-19.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.4 percent in seven games since returning from injury.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 58.6 percent (65 won, 46 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
– Fourth among Maple Leafs in defensive zone starts (114).
Justin Holl– Has six points (1-5-6) in 18 games this season.
– Has started 48.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest offensive zone start percentage of his career to-date.
Zach Hyman– Made his season debut on November 13 at New York, playing 17:37 in ice time over 23 shifts.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has a goal and an assist in two games against the Bruins this season.- One of 10 NHLers to have recorded multiple shorthanded points (2), multiple shorthanded shots (3) and multiple shorthanded takeaways (2).
Kasimir Kaskisuo– Had a 6-1-1 record in eight games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), posting a 2.13 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.
Alex Kerfoot– Has a team-high three points (2-1-3) in two games against Boston in 2019-20.
– Has registered seven (4-3-7) of his eight points in seven games against Atlantic Division opponents.
Auston Matthews– Tied for third among NHL skaters in goals (13).- Tied for second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (9).- Ranks fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (77).- His 13 assists through 20 games is his highest assist total through 20 games in four seasons (Previous: 12, 2018-19).
Ilya Mikheyev– Leads the NHL in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (45).- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded time on ice (50:00).
Trevor Moore– Only rookie in the NHL to average at least 1:00 per game in power play ice time (1:23) and also average at least 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (2:06).- Leads all NHL rookies in hits (46).- Tied for fourth among NHL rookies in even-strength goals (3).
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 18th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4).- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (21:53).- One of four NHL defencemen to have registered at least 40 hits (40) and at least 40 shots on goal (42).
William Nylander– Tied his career-long goal-streak (3 games) with a goal on Nov. 13 at New York Islanders.- Has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games on home ice.- Has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through six games in November.
Nic Petan– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 70.8 percent (68 for,
28 against) through six games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in five games.                  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in points (3-14-17).- Third among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (3-9-12).- Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (25:31).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in shifts per game (29.5).
Nick Shore– Third among NHL forwards in defensive zone starts (118).- Has won 59.2 percent (58 won, 40 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
John Tavares– Has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in five games since returning from injury on November 5 vs. Los Angeles.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoff win percentage (59% – 35 won, 24 lost).- Has won the fourth-most faceoffs (101) among NHLers who have played less than 15 games.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Andreas JohnssonHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (7) in three consecutive games and points (2-8-10) in five consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (4) and points (4-1-5) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (2), assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

John TavaresThree assists from 400 career NHL assists.Five games from 100 games as a Maple Leaf.

RECENT MILESTONES

Andreas Johnsson100th career NHL game (Nov. 9 vs. PHI)
John Tavares100th point as a Maple Leaf (Nov. 13 at NYI)

INJURY REPORT

Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
 Alexander Kerfoot (facial surgery)

Man Games Lost: 41

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 12Recalled forward Nic Petan and goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Loaned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
November 8Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

KERFOOT OUT INDEFINITELY AFTER FACIAL SURGERY

MAPLE LEAFS CENTRE ALEXANDER KERFOOT OUT INDEFINITELY AFTER FACIAL SURGERY

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that centre Alexander Kerfoot is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair facial dental fractures. Kerfoot originally sustained the injury Nov. 5 against Los Angeles. After Kerfoot reported ongoing discomfort while the team was in New York to face the Islanders, consultation testing determined that surgery was required to repair the facial dental fractures.

Kerfoot, 25, has collected eight points (five goals, three assists) in 20 games with the Maple Leafs this season. He was acquired by Toronto in a July 1 trade with the Colorado Avalanche.


Reserve forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson taking advantage of opportunity with Raptors — ONLINE ARTICLES

[ad_1] TORONTO – The post-practice scrimmage has become a Raptors staple. When the organized portion of most practice sessions has wrapped up, a group of players will break off and stick around for a game of 3-on-3 or, occasionally, 4-on-4 at the far end of the gym. Teams are generally made up of the younger […]

Reserve forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson taking advantage of opportunity with Raptors — ONLINE ARTICLES

Lakers have thrived by living large in small ball-focused NBA — Orange County Register

Teams have become more reliant on floor-spacers and long-range shooters for success, but in the midst of this trend, the Lakers are 9-2 while starting two players over 6-foot-10, pairing either JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard alongside All-Star Anthony Davis.

Lakers have thrived by living large in small ball-focused NBA — Orange County Register

The Celtics are 9-1, and people seem surprised? — IPOTTER SPORTS BLOGS

Who would’ve thought after the first ten games the season, that the Celtics would be 9-1 on the year? Not me, but I am honestly not surprised they are playing well. When The Celtics made a lot of moves in the offseason, I was iffy, but I knew after watching that first Celtics preseason game, […]

The Celtics are 9-1, and people seem surprised? — IPOTTER SPORTS BLOGS