Hurricanes’ Martinook, de Haan undergo surgery for injuries

Some of the casualties of the Carolina Hurricanes‘ run to the Eastern Conference Final have emerged.

The club announced Tuesday that forward Jordan Martinook and defenceman Calvin de Haan have undergone surgery. Martinook, 26, had a procedure to correct a core muscle injury, while De Haan, 28, had an operation on his right shoulder.

Martinook’s recovery is expected to take between four and six weeks. De Haan will be sidelined for four to six months.

Martinook, a native of Brandon, Man., had four assists for the Hurricanes in the playoff after establishing a career-high in goals (15) and matching his best total in points (25) during the regular season.

De Haan, who hails from Carp, Ont., sustained the shoulder injury in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 31, but returned to Carolina’s lineup for Game 4 of its first-round series against the Washington Capitals. He had a goal in 12 post-season games following a 14-point 2018-19 campaign.

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The Warriors Are A Better Basketball Team Without Kevin Durant

When Kevin Durant went down in Game 5 of the Rockets-Warriors series, hopes shot up across the country. Might this finally be the year Golden State goes down, left with “only” Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green? Sir Charles Barkely certainly thought so. Yet here we are a few weeks later, and the Warriors haven’t even lost a game, much less a series, without Durant in the lineup, leading to many thinkpieces about Durant’s importance to this team. It boils down to this: the Warriors are essentially impossible to beat with Durant when the lights are brightest, but they’re a better basketball team without Durant.

Those seem like conflicting opinions, but both can be, and are, true. Durant is essentially the Warriors’ cheat code they pull out when things aren’t going their way or they’re just bored of playing and want it to all end. They cannot be beaten when they have the best pure scorer in the world to turn to as a backup plan, which is why no one has managed to do so in the last three years. He can score on anyone, at any time, in any way. Anything can happen in sports, but the Warriors with Durant are as close to unbeatable as possible.

But they’re a better team when Durant isn’t on the floor. The Warriors were such a groundbreaking success back in 2015 in large part because of their motion offense. An underrated aspect of Curry and Thompson’s game is their ability to get going just off catch-and-shoot opportunities and buckets within the flow of the offense. Most of the truly elite scorers in this league become most dangerous when they heat up in isolation basketball. Think Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard. Those guys go from scary …read more

Source:: The Big Lead

Report: Patriots sign Julian Edelman to two-year extension

The New England Patriots have signed wide receiver Julian Edelman to a two-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

WR Julian Edelman has signed a two-year extension with the Patriots (through 2021), as first reported by @MikeGarafolo. The extension includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed, per a source.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 21, 2019

More to come…

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VIDEO: Tyrann Mathieu Proposes to Girlfriend with $250,000 Ring

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sydni Paige Russell. TMZ Sports has video of the fantastic moment and added that the ring Mathieu proposed with is valued at around $250,000. Mathieu’s new contract is worth $26.8 million guaranteed so there’s no need to sweat the financials.

I know, you want to get a better look at that massive ring:

Congratulations to Tyrann and Sydni!

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Source:: The Big Lead