Greg DePalma and PSN hockey analyst Jan Levine take a look back at how all the first-round NHL playoffs series played out and offer their predictions for Round 2. After staving off the plucky Toronto Maple Leafs, are the Washington Capitals ready for another scrum with the Pittsburgh Penguins? How far can the Nashville Predators ride the momentum after sweeping out the Chicago Blackhawks?
With only two drivers currently in the top-ten of the point’s standings, Toyota drivers look to get something going today in the Food City 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway. And thanks to dominating all three practice sessions a Toyota driver’s attempts to win for just the second time this season became that much greater.
The Raiders are as close as any team with the talent to compete with New England in Tom Brady’s final years. In order to become a real force on defense though they’re going to need some major upgrades inside and their offense has to add a playmaker at the running back position to take some pressure off Derek Carr.
Time is running out for Philip Rivers to reach the Super Bowl and it’s up to G.M. Tom Telesco and new Coach Anthony Lynn to get him there. If every key player stays healthy and plays to their capabilities they’ll have a shot to compete for a post-season berth. But another top corner must be added early if they’re to fill the one obvious hole on their team.
Quarterback Alex Smith probably has just one more season left to prove himself before the Chiefs need to consider a younger option for the future. Since there’s no player like that on the current roster, G.M. John Dorsey and Coach Andy Reid should plan ahead by grabbing one later this week.
After trading up to land their hopeful franchise quarterback in Paxton Lynch during last year’s draft, it’s now incumbent on G.M. John Elway to find a pair of bookend tackles to protect his young signal-caller and help open up the running lanes for an offense that needs to start doing their part if the Broncos are going to be a factor for years to come.
G.M. John Schneider wants his team to get younger and he also needs more cap space. The Richard Sherman rumors are major evidence of this and with five picks in the first 106 I get the feeling we’re going to see an active Seahawks team looking to make headlines in the next week.
Greg DePalma and handicapper Jon Hardoon of TheSheets.com break down the field for Saturday’s Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes from Keeneland, where favorite Bigger Picture is just one of four Michael Maker entries.
The 49ers are in full blown rebuild mode following the moves to hire a first-time general manager (John Lynch) and a first-time head coach (Kyle Shanahan). They’re also changing their defensive scheme to a 4-3 with first-time coordinator, Robert Saleh. What does all this mean for the draft? We can only guess.
Greg DePalma and PSN baseball analyst Scott Zolotorow discuss the latest division-by-division news, with emphasis this week on the American League West where the Houston Astros stand at the top behind the pitching of Dallas Keuchel (left) and the emerging Chris Devenski. Meantime, the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are sinking and the Angels have nothing aside from Mike Trout.