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Redskins’ Cody Latimer arrested for assault, discharge of firearm

Steve Murphy



Redskins' Cody Latimer arrested for assault, discharge of firearm

Another NFL participant appears to be in hassle.

Two days after Miramar, Fla. police introduced arrest warrants for cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar for armed theft and aggravated assault, former Giant large receiver Cody Latimer was arrested and charged on felony fees of assault within the second diploma, menacing and unlawful discharge of a firearm in Colorado, in keeping with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

A police report mentioned a witness heard gunshots and arguing inside an house. One unidentified individual was later mentioned to have minor accidents not associated to a gunshot. Latimer, 27, was launched on a $25,000 bond. He is also dealing with misdemeanor fees of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

After spending the previous two seasons with the Giants, Latimer signed a one-year, $1.04 million contract with the Redskins. He spent the primary 4 years of his profession with the Broncos.

Baker, the 22-year-old Giants participant, turned himself in to police Saturday. 

Steve Murphy has handled various businesses throughout his career and has a deep domain knowledge. He founded Report Door in an attempt to bring the latest news to its readers. He is glued to the stock market most of the times and just loves being in touch with the developments in the business world.

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NHL 2019-20 regular season: Bruins win Presidents’ Trophy, Pastrnak and Ovechkin share Rocket Richard

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NHL 2019-20 regular season: Bruins win Presidents' Trophy, Pastrnak and Ovechkin share Rocket Richard

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday that the 2019-20 regular season has concluded. If and when Phase 4 of the NHL’s four-tiered plan is reached, the league will transition to a 24-team return to play format.

For the first time since the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13, an 82-game regular season wasn’t completed.

In Tuesday’s announcement, the teams that have earned a berth into 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs if the season resumes are the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars.

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Of the eight teams that earned a bye into the first round of the playoffs, the Flyers were the only team not in the playoffs last season. Philadelphia last made the postseason in 2017-18.

The seven teams who won’t be competing for a Stanley Cup are the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres. If played, the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs would be the first since the 1995-96 season to not feature a California team.

With the regular season officially concluded, here’s where the awards stand.

Who won the 2019-20 Presidents’ Trophy?

After falling short in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins stormed out to points in 13 of their first 14 games and never looked back. Boston reached the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive season in their final regular-season game on March 10 when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Presidents’ Trophy is awarded to the Bruins for the third time in franchise history having previously won it in 1989-90 and 2013-14.

Who are the division champions?

Atlantic Division

Boston clinched the Atlantic Division title for the first time in six seasons edging out the Tampa Bay Lightning, who came on late in the second half after a rough first couple of months. The Bruins had the top goaltending tandem in the league this season as the team sported the league’s best defense, allowing just 2.39 goals per game. It also doesn’t hurt to have the league’s top goalscorer in Pastrnak spearheading an offense that ranked ninth in the NHL.

Metropolitan Division

In the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals are the champions for a fifth consecutive season, besting the Flyers by one point. Washington had the league’s second-highest scoring offense thanks to Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson, who led all NHL blueliners with 75 points. The Capitals also feature a steady goalie duo of Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov, who has flown on to the season in his rookie campaign. In 26 games, the Russian ranks 11th in the NHL with a 2.55 GAA.

Central Division

No Stanley Cup hangover for the Blues as they won the Central Division for the first time since the 2014-15 season, squeaking by the Avalanche. Despite losing forward Vladimir Tarasenko to injury in late-Oct., the Blues still averaged 3.14 goals per game with the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly leading the team with 61 points. Goalies Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen combined to allow the sixth-fewest goals in the NHL with Allen ranking second among qualified netminders with a 2.15 GAA.

Pacific Division

For the second time in its three-year existence, the Vegas Golden Knights won the Pacific Division. After Peter DeBoer replaced Gerard Gallant as head coach on Jan. 15, the team went 15-5-2 sporting the fourth-best record in the league during that span. The ageless wonder Marc-Andre Fleury played in 48 games this season with forward Max Pacioretty leading the team with 66 points, one behind his career-high. 

Who is the Art Ross Trophy winner?

For the third time in four years, an Oiler has won the Art Ross Trophy, but for the first time, it wasn’t Connor McDavid. Leon Draisaitl wins the award in 2019-20 after posting 110 points, including a league-high 67 assists, becoming the first German to ever win the award. Draisaitl joins McDavid and Wayne Gretzky as the only Oilers to earn the honor.

It was a breakout season for the 24-year-old setting a career-high in apples. As a leader on the best power-play unit in the league, the German forward led the NHL with 44 power play points.

With McDavid finishing in second behind Draisaitl, the two become the first set of teammates to finish in the top-two in scoring since the 2012-13 season when it was the Lightning’s Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

MORE: Draisaitl on training: ‘I try to dangle around my dog once in a while’

Who is the Rocket Richard Trophy winner?

Pastrnak and Ovechkin scored 48 goals this season to tie for the most in the league. For the first time in a decade, we’ll have co-winners of the award. The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Penguins’ Sidney Crosby shared the trophy in the 2009-10 season with 51 goals each.

The Great Eight wins the award for a ninth time and for the seventh time in eight years. Pastrnak wins the award for the first time in his career and becomes the first Bruin to win the honor.

Since the award was created in 1998-99 season, Ovechkin’s nine Rocket Richard trophies is the most in NHL history, seven more than the next closest batch of players.

MORE: Wayne Gretzky rooting for Ovechkin to break his goals record

Who is the William M. Jennings Trophy winner?

Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak (Bruins)

Rask and Halak share the award as the goaltenders on the team who allowed the fewest goals this season. Boston led the league in goals allowed (167) with Rask leading the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and placing second with a .929 save percentage.

Halak was just as strong in goal posting a 2.39 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage with his play earning him a one-year contract extension.

It’s the third time the Bruins have won the William M. Jennings Trophy with the other instances coming in the 1989-90 season (Reggie Lemelin and Andy Moog) and 2008-09 (Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez). 

MORE: Ranking the five-best NHL goalie tandems

Who was the highest-scoring rookie?

Quinn Hughes, Canucks

For the second straight year, a Vancouver Canuck has tallied the most points by a rookie in a season. Elias Pettersson had that honor last season with 66 points in 71 games. This season, the Vancouver blueliner finished tops among rookies with 53 points in 68 games this season edging out Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar who finished with 50 in 57. Rounding out the top-five is Chicago Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik (46), Sabres forward Victor Olofsson (42) and New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (42).

Hughes is the first defenseman to lead all rookies in points since the 1988-89 season when Rangers blueliner Brian Leetch had 71 points in 68 games. 

He’ll look to follow Pettersson’s footsteps and win the Calder Memorial Trophy. If Hughes were to win, it would be the first time the award was given to a recipient on the same team in consecutive years since the Bruins’ Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson won it back-to-back in 1966-67 and 1967-68.

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Who are the scoring leaders on teams not competing for a Stanley Cup?

Sabres forward Jack Eichel is the highest-scoring player whose season is over. The Buffalo captain ranked 10th in the NHL with 78 points as the team’s league-leading playoff drought has extended to nine seasons.

Other notable players who will have to wait until next season before hitting the ice is the Kings’ Anze Kopitar (62 points), Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin (53 points), Sabres’ Sam Reinhart (50 points) and Sharks’ Timo Meier (49 points).

For the seventh time in its 28-year history, the Sharks have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs and just for the third time since the turn of the century (2002-03 and 2014-15). Big names, such as forwards Evander Kane and Logan Couture and defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, will be at home for the foreseeable future.

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2020 MLB season ‘not looking promising’

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2020 MLB season 'not looking promising'

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is losing hope that baseball will be back this summer.

“This season is not looking promising,” Stroman tweeted Tuesday after the players union was left disappointed by MLB’s latest financial proposal, which entails the highest-paid players taking greater pay cuts than their peers — and more pay cuts than the union thought it would need to take for baseball to return from its shutdown.

The player’s union remains steadfast in abiding by the money agreement the two sides reached in March, which stated the union would earn their salaries on a prorated basis — without pay cuts — with the return of baseball.

MLB, meanwhile, says that agreement included a provision that would allow for further negotiating should games be played without fans, which would be the case because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB is hoping to begin this season in July.

Stroman, who is signed to a one-year, $12 million contract, would make around $3 million in an 82-game season under the league’s latest proposal, according to an ESPN estimate.

Marcus Stroman
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Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who is slated to earn $36 million this season, would earn around $8 million in this scenario, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.

Sixty-five percent of players make less than $1 million, and so their wallets wouldn’t be hit has hard.

As part of that March agreement, owners made a $170 million advance payment to teams covering April and May.

“Keeping the mind and body ready regardless,” Stroman said. “Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!”

Because MLB and the union already agreed that players would receive a full year of service time even if the entire season is canceled, there is a chance Stroman could have played his last game in Queens.

When asked by a fan if this could be his last season, the 29-year-old Stroman responded, “Very possible. No clue if they’ll want to extend me. Just have to wait and see how it all plays out!”

The 2019 All-Star righty would be among the top free-agent pitchers available if the Mets don’t resign him.

Stroman, a Long Island native, was 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA after being traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets last season.

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NHL restart plan makes dollars and sense

Steve Murphy



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There remain as many questions as answers as the NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan Tuesday, but give the league credit: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a road map is in place.

Sure, we don’t know whether the league will actually resume action paused on March 12, but the hope that 24 teams will begin training camps sometime in July, play games in two hub cities and hand out the Stanley Cup is trying to make the best of a horrible situation.

Although a second wave of the virus that has officially resulted in the death of approximately 350,000 people around the world could derail the NHL’s plan, some hope of normalcy in our lives is welcome news.

Even trying to decipher the draft-lottery system is a lot more fun than looking at the latest virus figures from Johns Hopkins University or being caught in the political vortex that’s resulted from it all.

As the NHL optimistically looks to the future, here are five takeaways from the restart plan that catch our eye:

1. It’s OK to think about dollars and cents

It’s easy to say the league wants to finish the season for no other reason than to collect as much sponsorship and television revenue as possible, but provided everyone is able to stay safe, that’s not a bad thing. It is a business that impacts the economy.

The teams have paid players the bulk of their annual salaries, so it’s fair for the owners to try recouping some money even without ticket sales and connected revenue from concessions, parking and souvenirs.

Hockey fans will happily tune in to the Stanley Cup sprint and be thankful for the distraction from all the negative we’ve survived.

2. It’s no debate: The Cup champ will be legitimate

It’s absurd to say whichever team hoists the Stanley Cup when the season ends should have an asterisk next to their crown. That’s not the case with the New Jersey Devils’ title from 1995, and it won’t be this year, either.

No matter what happens, the champion must win at least four series to claim that honor. (Count the qualifying-round series in which 16 teams must play, and it could mean winning five rounds.)

Don’t think for a second that any team will be given a free pass. In fact, with the layoff allowing most players to be 100 percent healthy, some underdogs will be even stronger than they would have been had life been normal.

3. Skewered in Buffalo

The poor Buffalo Sabres officially have missed the playoffs nine straight seasons, sidelined by the points-percentage format. Buffalo (.493 points percentage) was three points back of the Montreal Canadiens (.500) with two games in hand, but it won’t get a chance to erase that gap.

The other six teams eliminated on Tuesday (the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks) weren’t even remotely close to a playoff position, so they happily avoid the indignity of playing out the string. (The Devils had the same points, 68, and games played, 69, as the Sabres but were buried in the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.)

A saving grace for the downtrodden Sabres franchise would be a draft-lottery win, but not having a chance to skate in a playoff game is a tough consequence of an improvised system that never could be perfect.

4. Missed opportunity to renew a great rivalry

Other than the obvious of not being able to watch games live and in person, there aren’t many negatives.

Had the league gone straight into playoffs based on existing standings, though, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would have renewed Battle of Alberta hostilities in the playoffs for the first time since 1991.

(We also miss out on a Pennsylvania showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, but they last met in the postseason two years ago, so it’s not the same).

It’s possible these rivalries will be fired up after the qualifying round, but there are no guarantees.

5. Give the underdogs their due

The Columbus Blue Jackets were a bubble team when the games were halted. However, no team in the mix was as besieged by injuries as they were. Not far behind were the Winnipeg Jets.

The long layoff certainly gives everyone as much an opportunity to skate with a full roster as we’ve ever seen before the playoffs begin, so don’t be shocked if the Blue Jackets provide another opening-round upset.

Other teams to watch are the Minnesota Wild, who were finding their form just before time stood still, and the veteran-laden Chicago Blackhawks, who will face the young Oilers.

—By Randy Sportak, Field Level Media

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