Celtics Injury Report: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis Available Vs. Magic — NESN.com

Sign In The Boston Celtics are playing for the first time in a week, finally getting a game in as scheduled Friday night against the Orlando Magic. And it looks like their lineup won’t be completely decimated, either. The Celtics had two reported cases of COVID-19 with Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams. Both will be…

Celtics Injury Report: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis Available Vs. Magic — NESN.com

NBA Rumors: Idea To Add Two-Way Roster Spot Has ‘Momentum’ — NESN.com

Sign In The playbook for the NBA’s 2020-21 season is being written as we go here. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact their efforts to push on without a bubble, the league has had to tighten up some of its health and safety protocols. A number of games have been postponed due to outbreaks…

NBA Rumors: Idea To Add Two-Way Roster Spot Has ‘Momentum’ — NESN.com

Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic offers lifetime endorsement of newcomer JaMychal Green — The Denver Post

There are fleeting endorsements, and then there are ringing, ironclad statements that leave no room for ambiguity.

Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic offers lifetime endorsement of newcomer JaMychal Green — The Denver Post

Kings approach new season with playoff aspirations — Whittier Daily News

While the opening-game roster and new taxi squad aren’t what the Kings has envisioned, they’re ready to pick up where they left off last season in Thursday’s opener against Minnesota at Staples Center.

Kings approach new season with playoff aspirations — Whittier Daily News

Matt Chapman gets a raise and A’s sign remaining arbitration eligible players — Marin Independent Journal

It wasn’t an extension, but the A’s star third baseman got a significant raise in his first year of arbitration. Matt Chapman, the A’s Platinum Glove third baseman, signed a one-year deal worth $6.49 million. Despite a tumultuous year and slow off season with few moves thus far, the A’s managed to avoid arbitration with…

Matt Chapman gets a raise and A’s sign remaining arbitration eligible players — Marin Independent Journal

Gordon Hayward Injury: Hornets Star Misses Game Vs. Raptors Due To Hip Strain — NESN.com

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Gordon Hayward is hurt. The Charlotte Hornets forward injured his left hip in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Hayward was listed as “probable” for Thursday’s matchup with the Toronto Raptors for […]

Gordon Hayward Injury: Hornets Star Misses Game Vs. Raptors Due To Hip Strain — NESN.com

Red Sox reportedly sign top Dominican OF to begin international signing period — Boston Herald

A year after they didn’t spend $1 million or more on any of their international free agents, the Red Sox dug deep into their pockets to grab one of the most athletic outfielders in this year’s international class. According to multiple reports, the Red Sox landed top international prospect Miguel Bleis from the Dominican Republic…

Red Sox reportedly sign top Dominican OF to begin international signing period — Boston Herald

Von Miller under criminal investigation by Parker police — The Denver Post

Police in Parker have launched a criminal investigation of Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller. “The case is currently under investigation, and no information can be released at this time,” said Josh Hans, a Parker police spokesman, in an email. If investigators “determine” that a crime has been committed, a case will be presented to the…

Von Miller under criminal investigation by Parker police — The Denver Post

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations — NBC4 WCMH-TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The league added that he would forfeit his salary for each game he […]

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations — NBC4 WCMH-TV

Liam Hendriks says A’s ‘never reached out’ during free agency — Red Bluff Daily News

Liam Hendriks introduced himself to the South Side on Friday. True to form, Hendriks didn’t hold much back as he talked to reporters at his introductory Zoom press conference. The Chicago White Sox’s new $54 million closer wasn’t afraid to share his experience in this strange free agency market, saying the Oakland A’s weren’t in…

Liam Hendriks says A’s ‘never reached out’ during free agency — Red Bluff Daily News

Maple Leafs-Senators pregame notes.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0 – 2 Points) vs.

OTTAWA SENATORS (0-0-0 – 0 Points)

JANUARY 15, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE (OTTAWA, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus OTTAWA

ALL-TIME RECORD:56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
2019-20:3-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus OTTAWA

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (34), Wayne Simmonds (28)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (16), Auston Matthews (13), Wayne Simmonds (10)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (29), John Tavares (13), Mitch Marner (10), William Nylander (10)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (45), Auston Matthews (22), John Tavares (20)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (55), Wayne Simmonds (26), Zach Bogosian (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOOTTAWA
GOALS FOR (Rank):5 (t-5th)N/A
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       (t-16th)N/A
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):2/4 [50.0%] (t-3rd)N/A
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):1/3 [33.3%] (t-27th)N/A
SHOTS (Rank):34 (t-8th)N/A
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):51 (5th)N/A
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (t-8th)N/A
FACEOFF % (Rank):54.0% (t-10th)N/A

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 20, 1992 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)
All-Time Record:56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:31-22-2-7 (62 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Feb. 15, 2020 (Toronto 4, Ottawa 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS2 (Nylander)
ASSISTS2 (Tavares)
POINTS3 (Nylander, Tavares)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Five players tied)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs5 (Simmonds)
SHOTS7 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Nylander, Simmonds)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS5 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS1 (Five players tied)
HITS(Simmonds)
TOI PER GAME28:35 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME4:43 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:51 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Stopped 20 of 22 shots (.917) at even-strength on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Alexander Barabanov– Made his NHL debut on January 13 vs. Montreal.
TJ Brodie– Played 19:02 of even-strength ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal, his Maple Leaf debut, which ranked second among Toronto defencemen.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average with the Maple Leafs since being acquired on February 5, 2020.
Justin Holl– Led the Maple Leafs in shorthanded ice time (3:51) on January 13 vs. Montreal. 
Zach Hyman–  One of three Toronto forwards (Kerfoot, Mikheyev) to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Alex Kerfoot– Has five points (2-3-5) in seven career games against Ottawa. 
Mitch Marner– Had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 65.7% in 17:53 of 5-on-5 ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 14 games against the Senators.
Auston Matthews– Played the second-most ice time among NHL forwards on opening night with 25:02 on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Recorded a team-high 14 shot attempts on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Had a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.6%.
Ilya Mikheyev– Led Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal (2:19).
Jake Muzzin– Had a team-high five blocked shots on January 13 vs. Montreal.
William Nylander– One of four players in the NHL to have a multi-goal performance on opening night on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Had his first multi-goal and multi-point game of 2020-21 after registering four multi-goal and 18 multi-point performances in 2019-20.
Morgan Rielly– Scored his fifth career overtime goal on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Led all skaters in ice time on opening night after playing 28:35.
Wayne Simmonds– Played 10:25 in ice time in his Maple Leaf debut on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Jason Spezza– Became the 92nd player in NHL history to record 600 assists on January 13 vs. Montreal.
John Tavares– Had his first multi-assist and multi-point game of 2020-21 after registering six multi-assist and 18 multi-point games in 2019-20.- One of 12 NHLers to begin the season with a multi-assist game on the first night of the season after recording two on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Joe Thornton– Played 17:30 in ice time in his Maple Leaf debut on January 13 vs. Montreal. 
Jimmy Vesey– Recorded his first point and goal as a Maple Leaf in his first game with the club on January 13 vs. Montreal.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
Wayne SimmondsOne point from 500 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Alexander BarabanovFirst NHL game (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Zach BogosianFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
TJ BrodieFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Wayne SimmondsFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Jason Spezza600th NHL assist (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Joe ThorntonFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Jimmy VeseyFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)

INJURY REPORT

None 
 Man Games Lost: 0

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

None 

Blue Jays sign Hernandez, Stripling

BLUE JAYS AGREE TO TERMS WITH HERNÁNDEZ AND STRIPLING

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms on 2021 contracts with OF Teoscar Hernández (US $4,325,000) and RHP Ross Stripling (US $3,000,000). The Blue Jays have no remaining arbitration-eligible players on the 40-man roster.

Hernández, 28, won his first Silver Slugger Award in 2020 as he racked up 16 home runs in 190 at-bats, tying for fifth among all batters. The native of Cotui, Dominican Republic, also ranked seventh in the AL in slugging percentage (.579), seventh in OPS (.919), and tied for ninth in total bases (110) while tying for the Major League lead with seven outfield assists. Over five big league seasons, the right fielder owns a .245 batting average and an .801 OPS while recording 153 extra-base hits and 187 RBI in 377 games.

Stripling, 31, went 3-3 with a 5.84 ERA over nine starts and three relief appearances with the Dodgers and Blue Jays last season. The 6-3, 220 lb. right-hander joined Toronto in a trade deadline deal for two players to be named later and appeared in five regular-season games and one playoff contest for the club. The Texas A&M University product has pitched in 148 games across five Major League campaigns and owns a career 3.77 ERA while registering 417 strikeouts in 436.1 innings pitched.  

– BLUE JAYS –