Sparks to build around Nneka Ogwumike after losing Candace Parker, Chelsea Gray to free agency — Daily Bulletin

Yes, the Sparks very much wanted to keep their Big Three together. But now that it’s clear that free agents Candace Parker will sign with the Chicago Sky and Chelsea Gray is headed to play for the Las Vegas Aces, internally the Sparks’ decision-makers are optimistic about building around Nneka Ogwumike. The Sparks picked Ogwumike…

Sparks to build around Nneka Ogwumike after losing Candace Parker, Chelsea Gray to free agency — Daily Bulletin

Maple Leafs at Oilers pregame notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (6-2-0 – 12 Points) vs.

EDMONTON OILERS (3-5-0 – 6 Points)

JANUARY 28, 2021 ▪ 10:00 PM EST

ROGERS PLACE (EDMONTON, AB) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus EDMONTON

ALL-TIME RECORD:53-44-8-1 (106 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:23-25-6-1 (55 Games)
2020-21:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus EDMONTON

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (68), TJ Brodie (41), Jake Muzzin (33)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (12), Jason Spezza (9), Wayne Simmonds (8)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (58), Jason Spezza (18), TJ Brodie (16)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (70), Jason Spezza (27), John Tavares (19)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (28), Wayne Simmonds, (24), Zach Bogosian (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOEDMONTON
GOALS FOR (Rank):26 (4th23 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       22 (t-22nd)29 (29th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):10/24 [41.7%] (2nd)5/28 [17.9%] (19th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):24/30 [80.0%] (14th)19/25 [76.0%] (20th)
SHOTS (Rank):243 (3rd)256 (2nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):342 (2nd)325 (4th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (t-11th)45.6% (26th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):55.7% (3rd)49.1% (18th)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 11, 1979 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 3)
All-Time Record:53-44-8-1 (106 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:30-19-2-0 (51 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:23-25-6-1 (55 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Dec. 14, 2019 (Toronto 4, Edmonton 1)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS5 (Marner)
ASSISTS7 (Marner)
POINTS12 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs17 (Simmonds)
SHOTS31 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%65.6% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS14 (Holl)
TAKEAWAYS7 (Nylander)
HITS16 (Hyman, Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:45 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:13 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:45 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for the NHL lead in wins (4).- Ranks seventh among NHL goaltenders in saves made (146).- Has an 13-1-1 record with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 16 career games against Calgary.  – Earned his 139th win as a Maple Leaf on January 22 vs. Edmonton to move past Curtis Joseph for fourth on the Maple Leafs’ all-time goaltender win register.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:09 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Averages 2:34 per game in shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (9).
Justin Holl– Sixth amon NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:53) with a shot attempt percentage of 59.3%.- Averaging 21:38 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Ranks fifth among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:45).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:50).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (66.6%) among Toronto forwards.- One of 10 forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (14:16) of 5-on-5 ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (33.3%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (54.0%).
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks fifth among Toronto forwards in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.31).- Tied for the lead among Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has won 64.3% (9 won, 5 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for the lead among NHLers in points (5-7-12).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (5).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (23:33).- Has played 37.3% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.
Auston Matthews– Averaging 22:29 in time on ice per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (57.2%).- Ranks third in the NHL in shots on goal (31).- Has won the 11th-most faceoffs in the NHL (73).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:14).- Has an average of 23.0 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have played at least 15 minutes of shorthanded ice time.  
Jake Muzzin– Ranks 18th among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:42).- Ranks 12th among NHL defencemen who have appeared in five games in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (14.17).- Has the 21st highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (56.7%) among NHL defencemen who have appeared in five games.
William Nylander– Has the fourth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.69) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.4%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded 10 points against the Oilers (two goals, eight assists) in 10 career games against Edmonton.
Morgan Rielly– Leads the Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:45).- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in assists (5).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (1-3-4).- Had his eighth career game with three-plus assists on January 24 at Calgary. Per NHL PR, only two defensemen in history have recorded more with the franchise: Borje Salming (29) and Tomas Kaberle (12).
John Tavares– Tied for 24th in the NHL in points (4-3-7).- Tied for the NHL lead in power play goals (4).- Tied for 11th among NHLers in shots on goal (26).- Has the third-highest faceoff win percentage (61.7%) among NHLers who have taken at least 100 faceoffs (120).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerAssists (4) and Points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinPoints (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyAssists (5) in two consecutive games.
Wayne SimmondsGoals (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Joey AndersonFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
Travis BoydFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 26 at CGY)
Adam BrooksFirst NHL goal (Jan. 22 vs. EDM)
Mitch Marner300th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
Wayne SimmondsFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
500th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
  

INJURY REPORT

Jack Campbell (Leg)Week-to-week.
Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 10
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 24Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.
Jan. 23Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.
Jan. 21Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve. Added forward Joey Anderson to the taxi squad.

Grizzlies back to practicing, hope to resume season quickly — The China Post, Taiwan

The Memphis Grizzlies finally are back on a basketball court and hoping to get back to playing games. The Grizzlies returned to practice Wednesday night after having their last five games postponed because of contact tracing within the team and the length of time they were unable to practice.They had been allowed to do individual workouts with one coach over the past couple days, and coach Taylor Jenkins said it was great to be back. “It’s definitely been unique,” Jenkins said. “But I think our entire team, a lot of credit to our players, our staff to adjust obviously working really closely with the league on what are the best courses of action over the last dating back to when we were in Portland. But everyone’s handled it really well.”The NBA stopped play last March with the Grizzlies in Portland for a road game against the Trail Blazers the next night. They were in Portland again last week on a five-game winning streak only to have the first of a back-to-back with the Trail Blazers postponed, followed quickly by the next four games. “Man, I’m starting to think Portland don’t like us man,” Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said with a laugh. Morant said he feels the Grizzlies have held each other accountable following league protocols to stay safe with COVID-19. Jenkins said center Jonas Valanciunas is working through those protocols along with another unnamed player and hopes Valanciunas returns soon. “All we can control is every time that we have an opportunity to work, we make the most of it,” Jenkins said. “So obviously, the last week has put us in a test, you know, but I think our guys rose to the occasion.”The Grizzlies currently have had a league-high six games postponed, tied with Washington. The Wizards went 13 days between games after six players tested positive for COVID-19 and three others had to sit out because of contact tracing. Memphis will have gone 12 days without games if it plays in San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs had Monday night’s game with New Orleans postponed but beat Boston on Wednesday night. The NBA has postponed 22 games this season, 21 since Jan. 10. The Grizzlies still are waiting for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow to return from injuries sustained last summer in the bubble. Once Memphis resumes playing, it is looking at playing 41 games in potentially 67 days. At least Morant is healthier. The NBA Rookie of the Year had only been back two games from a sprained left ankle when the Grizzlies were forced to stop playing. He’s played only five of Memphis’ 13 games so far. “I took this time to allow my ankle to heal even more and continue to get stronger to you know, be back to the Ja, you know, who’s just jumping around and stuff,” Morant said. “So I feel like although it was tough, it was good for me.”___Follow Teresa M. Walker at https://twitter.com/TeresaMWalker___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Grizzlies back to practicing, hope to resume season quickly — The China Post, Taiwan

Steph Curry gets help from supporting cast as Warriors beat Timberwolves — East Bay Times

Stephen Curry caught the ball in the corner, launched a 3-pointer and confidently turned to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ bench. Despite his off shooting night, he didn’t need to look to know this one was going down. After scoring just two points in the first half, Curry uncorked a 12-point quarter during the game’s decisive stretch.…

Steph Curry gets help from supporting cast as Warriors beat Timberwolves — East Bay Times

‘GMA’ host, ex-NFL great Michael Strahan reportedly has COVID-19 — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Pro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to people familiar with the situation.

‘GMA’ host, ex-NFL great Michael Strahan reportedly has COVID-19 — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Celtics Notes: Boston’s Core Played First Game Together ‘And It Showed’ Vs. Spurs — NESN.com

Well, the anticipation is over. The Boston Celtics core four players took the court together for the first time all season Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The 110-106 loss wasn’t a great first showing, especially considering the second quarter collapse they still almost managed to come back from. The defense continued to be super […]

Celtics Notes: Boston’s Core Played First Game Together ‘And It Showed’ Vs. Spurs — NESN.com

James Wiseman Scores Career-High 25; Warriors Sweep T-Wolves — CBS San Francisco

Rookie center James Wiseman came off the Warriors’ bench to score a career-high 25 points and dazzled opposite Minnesota No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards in a matchup of last year’s top two draft selections.

James Wiseman Scores Career-High 25; Warriors Sweep T-Wolves — CBS San Francisco

Without Donovan Mitchell, Jazz still roll to 10th straight victory, 106-94 — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Even without injured superstar Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz had little problem with the Dallas Mavericks, winning its 10th straight game, 106-94. With the win, the Jazz now own the best record in the NBA at 14-4. The ten straight wins is the second longest win streak in the…

Without Donovan Mitchell, Jazz still roll to 10th straight victory, 106-94 — ABC4 Utah

AP source: Darren O’Day agrees to $2.5M deal with Yankees — MLB | NBC Sports

The Yankees quickly found a replacement for their bullpen, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with submarining right-hander Darren O’Day, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

AP source: Darren O’Day agrees to $2.5M deal with Yankees — MLB | NBC Sports