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Jets eye season sweep as Sharks visit

February 15, 2020 at 02:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets will look to make a clean sweep of their season series against the visiting San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

The Jets were victorious in their first two matchups against the Sharks, winning twice in San Jose -- a 3-2 result Nov. 1, and a 5-1 rout Nov. 27.

That last game was one of only two losses for the Sharks amidst an 11-2-0 run from Nov. 5-30, which might end up as the highlight of the team's inconsistent season. Since the conclusion of that 13-game hot streak, San Jose is only 9-16-3, and sits second-to-last in the Western Conference.

With rumors flying about the Sharks potentially moving some of their veteran players prior to the Feb. 24 trade deadline, time is running out for San Jose to turn its season around.

A promising two-game winning streak was snapped last Monday, as the Sharks made an array of defensive errors in a 6-2 home loss to the Calgary Flames. The problems started early, as Calgary jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the first period.

"We know we have to play a full 60 minutes," forward Barclay Goodrow said. "We know we can't be turning the puck over, losing battles in front of our net and things like that. This far into the season, we know how we have to play to win hockey games, and it starts right at the puck drop."

The Jets are also looking to rebound from a poor outing, as Winnipeg dropped a 4-1 result to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Despite outshooting New York by a 44-32 margin, Winnipeg managed only Nikolaj Ehlers' score against goalie Igor Shesterkin, with the tally coming after the Jets were already down 4-0 in the third period.

The loss dropped the Jets out of a Western Conference wild-card spot and snapped a five-game (4-0-1) point streak. While Tuesday marked Winnipeg's fifth game in eight days, Jack Roslovic didn't think the defeat was caused by the grind of the playoff hunt.

"Obviously you get tired, but we get paid to do a job out there. We played ... against really good opponents, really tough opponents," Roslovic said. "We played them well and tonight. ... It's chalked up to a lot of missed opportunities from us."

Friday's game is the fourth of a six-game homestand for the Jets, who are 14-13-3 on home ice this season.

Luca Sbisa and Tucker Poolman could potentially return from lower-body injuries to face the Sharks, as the two Winnipeg defensemen took part in Tuesday's morning skate. Sbisa has missed the Jets' last three games, while Poolman has missed the last 12.

Connor Hellebuyck is Winnipeg's probable starter in net. Hellebuyck is 6-3-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 11 career games against San Jose.

Since the Sharks play in Winnipeg on Friday and then visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, goalies Aaron Dell and Martin Jones are expected to split the back-to-back starts. After Dell conceded all six goals to the Flames, the Sharks could opt to give Jones some action sooner rather than later. Jones has appeared in just three of San Jose's 15 games since the beginning of January.

The Sharks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games against the Jets, dating back to January of 2012.

--Field Level Media

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NBA All-Star Skills Challenge and 3-Point Betting Preview and Expert Pick

February 15, 2020 at 01:52AM

NBA Skills Challenge and Three-Point Competition best bets for bettors looking for some action during All-Star Weekend.

For NBA bettors looking for some action during All-Star Weekend, there are two exciting options to choose from: the Skills Challenge and Three-Point Competition.

2020 ALL-STAR WEEKEND- SKILLS CHALLENGE
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Odds courtesy of WILLIAM HILL US)

SPENCER DINWIDDIE +400
SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER +450
PASCAL SIAKAM +500
PATRICK BEVERLEY +600
KHRIS MIDDLETON +600
JAYSON TATUM +600
DOMANTAS SABONIS +900
BAM ADEBAYO +1000

The Skills Challenge is a timed competition that tests each player’s ability to dribble, pass and shoot. Celtics star Jayson Tatum (6-1) is the reigning champion of the event, but the favorite according to the oddsmakers is the Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie (4-1). 

This move by the sportsbooks smells fishy. I am going to take the cheese here and back both Dinwiddie (even though I hate playing chalk) as well as Tatum, because this event is a head-to-head format and Dinwiddie, like Tatum, has won the event previously.

2020 ALL-STAR WEEKEND- THREE-POINT COMPETITION
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TRAE YOUNG +300
JOE HARRIS +400
DEVIN BOOKER +400
BUDDY HIELD +600
DUNCAN ROBINSON +700
DAVIS BERTANS +800
DEVONTE GRAHAM +1200
ZACH LAVINE +1200

The new rule twist this year is the addition of two extra green balls set six feet behind the 3-point line. This now enables a maximum potential score of 40 points per round. Contestants will also now receive an additional 10 seconds on the shot clock, affording a potential allotted time of 70 seconds. 

Joe Harris (+400) is looking to be the first repeat champion since Jason Kapono back in 2007-2008. Trae Young (+300) is way too inconsistent for me at such short odds. There has been sharp action on both the Heat's Duncan Robinson (+700) and the Wizards' Davis Bertans (+800). At juicy odds, I will be playing both and hoping for a nice longshot Saturday night. In addition, let's throw some beer money on the Hornets' Devonte Graham at 12-1. 

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Black History Month: Ora Washington Shined on Two Courts

February 15, 2020 at 01:34AM

Washington was one of the most compelling players in both tennis and basketball during the 1930s.

This February, Sports Illustrated is celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting a different iconic athlete or group of athletes every day. Today, SI looks back on the legacy of Ora Washington.

Ora Washington was so good at tennis that white champions refused to play her. 

Helen Wills Moody, then the top white champion in tennis, declined to play against Washington, a match that

according to The New York Times was one of Washington's "greatest desires." 

Washington was also a standout basketball player. Her team, which barnstormed the country during the 1930s, was so entertaining that they would "make you forget the Depression," according to a Sports Illustrated story from 2018.

Washington won title after title in the women's singles championship of the American Tennis Association—12 years in a row, in fact. At the time, tennis was segregated into African American and white circuits. 

All the while, she would play basketball in her "offseason," winning national championships at will in her similarly segregated professional basketball league.

Washington was finally honored with entry into basketball's Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Here's how one Pennsylvania historical magazine described her tennis game, according to a 2018 Sports Illustrated story:

“She had the strategy and was dynamic to watch,” one fan later recalled, adding that “her overhead game was terrific.” Opponents struggled to cope. “She was so strong,” recalled Amaleta Moore, whose sister competed against Washington. “It was hard for you to fight against her with the talent she had.” She also had a winner’s drive. Off the court, family members described her as a kind, caring person, who was always looking out for others. But her competitive zeal was fierce. “If you made her mad,” noted nephew Lewis Hill, “you had a tiger on your hands.” Opponents often feared her. “She was intimidating,” Moore noted. “The way she looked at you: ‘You’ve got no business in my way.’“ The Chicago Defender concurred, noting in 1931 that “her superiority is so evident that her competitors are frequently beaten before the first ball crosses the net.”

Forget Bo or Deion—Washington might have been the best two-sport athlete of all-time. 

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