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Watch Jerome Baker. That will tell you everything you need to know about this new Miami Dolphins defense. Everyone wonders how this multi-package defense will work, how many defensive backs will be used and where certain players fit.

Watch Baker. He’s past the surprise of his new and expanded role by now on this defense. He’s cherishing it. That’s not a word you hear enough in sports, but it’s the one Baker picks.

“I cherish every minute out there, cherish everything about what’s going on,’’ the Dolphins linebacker said.

No one knows just how Minkah Fitzpatrick will be employed or who the cornerback opposite Xavien Howard will end up being. But here’s what is firmly settled: Who’s calling the defense. And more importantly why he is.

It’s OK if you’re surprised Baker, the second-year linebacker who played a platoon role as a rookie, suddenly is the big man on defense.

Who makes the cut: Quarterbacks (2) — On: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen; Off: Jake Rudock
Who makes the cut: Quarterbacks (2) — On: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen; Off: Jake Rudock
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s experience level, mastery of the offense and his leadership should allow him to begin the regular season as Miami’s starter. But don’t be surprised when Josh Rosen (3) takes over around midseason if Fitzpatrick (14) isn’t leading Miami to a winning record. Jake Rudock can be developed on the practice squad. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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It surprised him, too. He simply went in to introduce himself to the new coaches last February, starting with linebacker coach Rob Leonard. Somewhere in their talk he was asked how his communication skills were and if he could call signals.

“Any player would say, ‘Yeah, no problem,’ like I did,’’ Baker said. “I didn’t really think anything about it.”

Next he met safety coach Tony Oden. He asked Baker the same question about calling the defense. Then he saw defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who upped the ante, saying, “We’re thinking of having you call signals.”

This was before any practice, any meeting or any full conversation at all. Baker understood by this point it was more than a casual thought.

“The last person I met is coach Flo,’’ he said of Brian Flores. “He said, ‘we [see] you out there every down, and we want you there calling the signals.’ ”

But calling plays isn’t the big story. It’s why he’s calling them. Baker figured it out as this new defense was installed.

“I learned I’m out there pretty much every package,’’ he said. “There are a lot of changing looks, a lot of changing [personnel]. I’m out there.”

For so long, the 6-1, 225-pound linebacker was told he’s too short, too light, just too all-around small to be more than a third-down player specializing in coverage. “Jerome Baker, athlete, not football player,’’ NFL draft analyst Jon Ledyard tweeted in a phrase that still resonates with Baker.

Now look at him in this new Dolphins defense. If Howard is the risen star, Baker might be second as far as most important. Last year, he simply needed to know what he did in a defense. Both outside linebackers had similarly simple roles, he said. They played gaps. They blitzed. They covered. Now?

Josh Rosen (3) produced an eye-opening 99-yard touchdown drive in Miami’s 22-7 preseason win over the Jaguars last week, and it strengthened the argument to start him over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. His 96.7 passer rating, and the 23-yards he gained on four carries indicates that he might be capable of leading the Dolphins to wins. A good performance against the Saints backups could produce a strong closing argument. (Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

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“I’ve got to know everything and what everyone around me is doing,’’ he said. “I’ve done everything but play cornerback.”

Defensive tackle?

“Anywhere on the line, anywhere at linebacker,’’ he said. “And you could say in some times I’m the safety.”

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He’s also been asked to learn offenses from blocking schemes to offensive line calls. In the Tampa preseason game, he heard the center call “5-0,” and knew that scheme meant the running back would be responsible to block him on a blitz.

He beat the running back to the spot and ran in free on quarterback Jameis Winston and missed the sack.

“People were like, ‘Hey, you timed up that blitz,’ ‘’ Baker said. “That wasn’t it. If you know who’s blocking you, it’s easier to beat them.”

Hall of Famer Jason Taylor said former Dolphins coach Nick Saban, “intellectualized,” the game for him. Made him use his mind, as much as his body. Baker isn’t Taylor. But the idea of expanding the mind in this defense applies.

Players rise and fall when a new regime enters with a different system. Baker has risen. He’s the sudden centerpiece to this defense and a short-cut to understanding it. Watch him. You’ll see.

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ORCHARD PARK — Los Buffalo Bills han firmado al pateador Stephen Hauschka a una extensión de contrato por dos años.

Hauschka estaba por entrar la temporada final del acuerdo por tres campañas que firmó en la agencia libre del 2017. El nuevo convenio, firmado este miércoles, extiende su vínculo con el equipo hasta el 2021.

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El jugador de 34 años de edad posee 11 temporadas de experiencia en la NFL, y ha convertido el 86.4 por ciento de sus intentos de gol de campo, actualmente colocándose séptimo en la lista histórica de la NFL.

Conectó 17 goles de campo consecutivos la temporada pasada para marcar la mejor racha del equipo desde que Rian Lindell convirtiera 18 en fila en el 2007. Hauschka finalizó convirtiendo 22 de 28 goles de campo, incluyendo los 11 desde 40 yardas, pero sufrió en la recta final, errando cinco de sus 11 intentos finales.

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Hauschka firmó con Buffalo después de pasar seis temporadas con los Seattle Seahawks. También ha tenido escalas con los Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons y Denver Broncos.

En movidas separadas realizadas antes de que los Bills cierren su pretemporada recibiendo a los Minnesota Vikings el jueves, Buffalo colocó al ala defensiva Mike Love en la lista de reservas lesionados debido a una lesión pectoral, y alcanzó un acuerdo por lesión para liberar al liniero ofensivo De’Ondre Wesley.

Orchard Park, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have some tough decisions to make as they try and get their roster down to 53 players by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane got the ball rolling on Wednesday.

The team announced defensive end Mike Love has been placed on injured reserve and offensive lineman De’Ondre Wesley has been released with an injury settlement.

Love has been dealing with a pectoral injury since last week’s game against the Detroit Lions. Wesley suffered a knee injury back in training camp and hasn’t been able to return.

The move to place Love on IR is an interesting one because that means he can’t return to the active roster in 2019 because it’s before the Saturday deadline to trim roster. Love was in the mix to make the team and in a heated position battle with rookie pass rusher Darryl Johnson, who now seems like a lock to make the team.

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Travis Hamonic is tuning out trade rumours as he approaches his third season with the Calgary Flames.

Hamonic, who along with fellow defenceman TJ Brodie is entering the final season of his current contract, said Tuesday he’s simply focused on training for the upcoming season.

“I’m someone that stays away from that stuff, first of all,” Hamonic told the Calgary Sun. “I obviously really like being here and feel I fit in well with the group and the team. I think you can’t listen to any of that outside noise and have to focus on the task at hand, which is waking up every day in the summertime and getting into the gym, training. And then when that’s over with, you just try to be a dad and not let any of that outside stuff affect you… for me, I just go about my business.”

Trade rumours have swirled around the Flames this off-season as the team has just $7.76 million in cap space with restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane in need of new contracts.

Hamonic scored seven goals and posted 19 points in 69 games with the Flames last season, reaching the postseason for just the third time in his nine-year career. The 29-year-old said he’s focused to reaching the Stanley Cup as he hits the decade mark in the league.

“It flies by, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s been that many years. Every year you play is, for me, another year you haven’t won.

“You’re trying to build towards winning and you want to win more than anything, that’s the bottom line. It’s why we spend so much time away from our families …you just want to get there one day, hopefully.”

Hamonic, a second-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2008, carries a $3.86 million cap hit for this season.

Milan Lucic was traded across province to the Calgary Flames earlier this summer following three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers – two of which were particular disappointing – and his new bench boss is rather excited about the addition.

“Looch gives us a dimension that we basically didn’t have,” Bill Peters told Sportsnet 960 on Wednesday.

“You always hear and you read articles in the summer, everyone’s got a chip on their shoulder. Anyone who’s gotten bought out or traded have a chip on their shoulder, and they’ve got something to prove and that’s true.”

Statistically speaking, 2018-19 was Lucic’s worst year as a pro. The meagre six goals and 14 assists he recorded in 79 games, plus the change-of-location swap for fellow veteran James Neal, no doubt left a chip on his shoulder.

“He looks great,” Peters said of Lucic’s off-season form.

“He’s in phenomenal shape. Very driven, very realistic about where he’s at and what he has to do. I like the fact he’s wearing 17 instead of 27. I think he had some good success when he was a Boston Bruin wearing 17. Looking forward to getting him in the lineup.”

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Peters asked Lucic earlier this summer how many of Calgary’s eight exhibition games he’d want to suit up for this pre-season and the coach was chuffed with Lucic’s response.

“He threw out a number that was high and I go, ‘Holy geez that’s a pretty high number for a veteran guy to play that many games,’ and he goes ‘I want to play. I want you to tell me what I need to do, what I need to do better and go from there.’ So, real excited about that acquisition just to give us a different element.”

That different element Peters refers to is the physical presence Lucic brings to the ice. Since the six-foot-three, 230-pound Vancouver native debuted in 2007-08, his 1,072 penalty minutes (which includes 70 regular-season fighting majors) are 10th most in the entire NHL during that time.

Finding the right spot for Lucic’s quarrelsome playing style is something Peters is prepared to tinker with.

Lucic averaged only 13:14 in his final year with the Oilers, which was his lowest average ice-time since his rookie campaign. His best seasons in the NHL have seen him average between 16:21-17:23 minutes per game.

“I gotta keep the big guy involved,” Peters said. “He’s got to be involved so he needs some ice-time.”

Peters added that “his best seasons have always been with a right-handed centre,” which means the likeliest scenario is him skating with Derek Ryan on the team’s third line.

“Right now, in my mind, we’ll be moving somebody over, a left-handed shot over to the right side,” Peters said.

“I thought [Andrew] Mangiapane was real good. He’s a guy that could possibly play with Looch and give him some speed and some skill and some tenacity on the puck. So, we’ll see how it all goes but I see him playing in that middle six, I see him on that second unit PP net-front.”

And if Peters feels at any time his top line needs some muscle, well, he now has that option.

“I also see him playing some shifts with Johnny and Monny,” Peters added, referring to star forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. “I think now we have that dimension that when Johnny’s getting the sticks broke across his hands that maybe’s there’s a guy that can play right wing that can put an end to that.”

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Record England soccer goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced Tuesday that he will leave U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) team D.C. United to return to play in his home country from January 2020.

Rooney has two seasons left on his current deal with D.C. United, but has agreed to join Derby County who play in the English Championship, one division below the Premier League.

Soccer fans in the U.S. will still have the opportunity to see Rooney play for a little longer, as he’s pledged to see out the remainder of the MLS season with D.C.

The former England captain signed for the Washington-based franchise from Everton in July 2018 and has scored 23 goals in 41 league games.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank D.C. United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs,” Rooney said in a statement Tuesday.

Along with his continued playing obligations, 33-year-old Rooney will join the coaching team with Derby, as he takes his first steps toward management.

“I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and academy,” he added.

The forward has easily been the highest paid player in D.C. United’s history with a reported annual base salary of $2.7 million, with a further $5 million coming through guarantees tied to his image rights and other commercial incentives.

Derby County started its new season with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield on Monday and is under the management of former Netherlands midfielder Phillip Cocu. He took charge after Rooney’s former England team-mate Frank Lampard left for the head coach’s job at Chelsea last month.

Rooney will wear the number 32 shirt when he joins Derby’s playing squad, which will mean a move away from his long-running association with the number 10 he wore for over a decade with Manchester United and England. However, it appears Derby’s principal shirt sponsor also has an interest in this transfer.

“Obviously, the commercial opportunities this creates are widespread and significant. On the back of Wayne joining the club, we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with our principal shirt sponsor, 32Red,” said Executive Chairman of Derby County Mel Morris in a statement.

Rooney’s new contract with Derby is for an initial 18 months until the summer of 2021, but it also has the option to run for a further year.

Alex Greenwood is set to become the fourth England player to line up for women’s Champions League holders Olympique Lyonnais after her club, Manchester United, said on Sunday that they had reached an agreement to transfer their captain.

“We have agreed terms with @OLFeminin for the transfer of @AlexGreenwood. A further announcement will be made in due course,” the newly promoted Women’s Super League side wrote on Twitter.

The full-back will join compatriots Lucy Bronze, Nikita Parris and Izzy Christiansen at the French champions, who are the most successful and dominant team in women’s football, with a record 14 Ligue 1 titles and six Champions League crowns.

Greenwood, 25, began her career at Everton before a series of moves led her to United last year. She helped them achieve promotion to the top flight in their debut season as a newly formed club.

She played in four matches and scored one goal at this year’s World Cup in France, where England reached the semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, the United States.

Lyon begin the defence of their title at home to Olympique de Marseille on Aug. 24.

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England made the perfect start to their World Cup warm-ups with a dominant victory over Wales.

But now they have to prove they can do it on opposition soil as they travel to Cardiff for the second part of this double-header contest.

Wales will be especially keen to put the record straight after Warren Gatland’s men saw their 14-game unbeaten run ended at Twickenham last week.

If they had been victorious, they had the chance to become the world No.1 nation heading towards the autumn’s World Cup.

Will there be Welsh revenge this time out? Or will Eddie Jones’ side prove they are real contenders this year?

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the match…

Such dire situations come down to the unique structure of professional soccer in Britain and the loose oversight of owners and investors. Between 1986 and 2008, at least 56 professional clubs in English soccer became insolvent, at a rate of 2.5 per year, according to a Coventry University study.

Consider that England and Wales support 92 professional clubs for a combined population of 58 million in an area roughly the size of Michigan. For most of the game’s history, that density has been a testament to the unique soccer passion of the land that invented it. Every city had its local institution with century-old roots in factories, churches and pubs.

Organized over four tiers, teams move up and down the ladder of English soccer with a system of promotion and relegation, based on merit. But the impression of gradual progress is an illusion. At the top of the English soccer structure sits the 27-year-old Premier League, one of the most successful enterprises in the history of sports. Everything below it is in a different, much riskier business.

In 2017-18, the 20 Premier League clubs used their global appeal and lucrative television rights deals to post combined revenues of $5.9 billion, according to Deloitte. The clubs in the division just below it, known as the Championship, combined for just 15% of that, with just two teams out of 24 posting operating and pre-tax profits.

The situation in tiers three and four, known as League One and League Two, is even starker. With most clubs still supported by owner contributions, rather than sponsors or television contracts, they combined for losses of $111 million.

Bolton Wanderers players applaud the fans at the end of a match in May. . PHOTO: PETER CZIBORRA/REUTERS
Bury doesn’t have to look far for reminders of this disparity. Less than 15 miles from Gigg Lane are the homes of Manchester United and Manchester City—one backed by American investing billionaires, the other by a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, and both turned into behemoths through the colossal growth of television rights.

Clubs like Bury have seen none of that Premier League windfall. Which was pretty much the point of the Premier League in the first place.

Until the Premier League was formed in 1992, all 92 clubs would split the game’s paltry television income evenly, whether they were Man United or Mansfield Town. The largest clubs objected to this arrangement, believing correctly that audiences tuned in primarily to watch them. Years of tension between English soccer’s powerhouses and the Football League ensued until the clubs finally broke away. Their new organization, which peeled off the top clubs in the country with a promise to maximize their TV revenues and broadcast the game widely, was called the Premier League.

In a few short years, soccer went from being absent on English airwaves to practically ubiquitous. The biggest fear was that this would kill the lower leagues. So a few measures were preserved, such as the blackout on televising games at the traditional kickoff time of 3 p.m. on a Saturday. The idea was to keep people free to support their local clubs in person.

But when ticket sales and an owner’s generosity are the planks of a club’s finances, disaster is never far away. Before this week, Bury had previously entered bankruptcy proceedings in 2002 and was 24 hours from turning off the lights in 2012, according to one of its directors at the time.

Bury fans deliver a symbolic coffin reading ‘R.I.P Bury F.C. 1885 ?’ PHOTO: DAVE HOWARTH/PA WIRE/ZUMA PRESS
Bury suffered relegation in 2017-18, but gave itself hope by hauling itself back out of League Two the following season. That optimism stretched all the way to this week as hundreds of volunteers flocked to Gigg Lane to help clean the stadium. They wanted to be ready to host a game this weekend, just in case a takeover went through on Tuesday.

Instead, Bury had been erased from the standings by Wednesday and expunged from the schedule.

“The club are taking stock of recent developments and will update supporters with regards to season ticket refunds as soon as we can,” the club tweeted. “Please give us time to take all this in.”

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After a summer off for many of Mexico’s established stars, Gerardo “Tata” Martino has recalled plenty of big names for friendlies against the USA and Argentina.

Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano all return to the El Tri squad, as Hector Moreno and Jesus Corona are also recalled after Tata selected a youthful side which won the Gold Cup this summer.

Mexico play the USMNT at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Sept. 6 and then Argentina on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in San Antonio, Texas.

Recalling these huge names just shows the incredible depth Mexico have right now, as Mexico’s “B squad” beat a largely full strength USMNT in the Gold Cup final in Chicago in July.

Wolves’ Raul Jimenez is in the squad once again after leading the line this summer.

Below is the squad in full.

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Rodolfo Cota (Leon)

Defenders: Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Fernando Navarro (Leon), Jorge Sanchez (America), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Diego Reyes (Tigres), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Hector Moreno (Al-Gharafa), Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Monterrey), Edson Alvarez (Ajax)

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Erick Gutierrez (PSV), Luis Montes (Leon), Jesus Corona (Porto), Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Marco Fabian (Philadelphia Union)

Forwards: Uriel Antuna (LA Galaxy), Raul Jimenez (Wolves), Alexis Vega (Chivas), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Hirving Lozano (Napoli)

La Federación Vasca de Fútbol (FVF) acordó este miércoles en asamblea organizar un partido amistoso entre la Selección de Euskadi y la de Argentina el 13 de octubre en San Mamés, enmarcado en la segunda ventana FIFA de la temporada.

La FVF anunció también que realizará próximamente una rueda de prensa para ofrecer los detalles de este encuentro ante la ‘Albiceleste’, el rival de mayor entidad al que se va a enfrentar el combinado vasco en la era moderna.

El último amistoso disputado por la Selección de Euskadi fue el pasado 29 de mayo en Panamá ante el equipo centroamericano. Anteriormente, también la pasada campaña y en fecha oficial FIFA, Euskadi se midió a Venezuela en Mendizorroza.

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During the first week of July, players and families from the 2005-2007 girls SFC New England club soccer teams had the trip of a lifetime in France.

As part of an eight-day trip, the players had the opportunity to see the U.S. women’s soccer team play in Lyon in both the semifinals and finals game and ultimately win the Women’s World Cup. The girls said the atmosphere in the stadium was something they will not forget.

As part of the tour the girls had the opportunity to play two local teams from France. The first match was against Lyon Duchene AS, where the SFC players were fortunate to come away with a win (6-0). For the players and the coach, Doug Garlow, the experience to play against an international team was truly an amazing privilege. What was apparent was all the girls shared a common love of soccer. Following a few days of sightseeing in Paris, the girls played their second match against UF Clichois in Clichy Sans Bois. While this game resulted in a loss for the team, it was full of local hospitality. A visit by the mayor of the city at half time and a post-game barbecue for both teams and families was the highlight for all.

SFC New England is a local club soccer group, affiliated with Winchester Soccer Club.

Neymar trained with his Paris Saint-Germain teammates on Wednesday as reports in France and Spain indicated a protracted deal to take him back to his old club Barcelona may still be reached before the transfer deadline.

The transfer window closes on Monday, September 2, leaving Barcelona in a race against time to come to an agreement with PSG that would allow the Brazilian to get his desired transfer back to the Camp Nou.

French sports daily L’Equipe reported that, after previous failed attempts, Barcelona had made a new offer of 160 million euros ($177.3m), paid in two instalments, which could convince PSG to finally sell, provided at least one player is thrown in as a makeweight.

According to Le Parisien, Barcelona are willing to pay a slightly lower fee, between 140 and 150 million euros, while also offering Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic as well as allowing Ousmane Dembele to return to France on loan.

However, the agent of 22-year-old French World Cup-winning winger Dembele insisted his client was not interested in being used as bait in a deal for Neymar.

“Ousmane is 100 percent staying. There is no chance of him leaving. He wants to establish himself at Barca and he will,” Moussa Sissoko told French television station TF1.

Dembele has endured an injury-hit two years at the Camp Nou since being signed by Barcelona for an initial 105 million euros from Borussia Dortmund immediately after Neymar’s world record 222 million-euro switch to PSG.

In Catalonia, radio station RAC1 has reported that Barcelona have taken out a loan in order to have the funds needed to pay for Neymar’s transfer, having already spent 120 million euros in the close season to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

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A week from today, we’ll get the first injury reports from the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers for Week 1 of the regular season.

When we do, all eyes will be on the Panthers’ side to see if it includes one name: QB Cam Newton.

Newton injured his foot against the New England Patriots last Thursday in the Panthers’ third preseason game and was wearing a walking boot after. Yesterday though, Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera disclosed that Newton is out of the boot and that there was “no doubt in my mind” that Newton would “be ready” for the season opener:

Rivera smiles about Cam Newton not being in a boot today – “it means he’s progressing.”
Ron Rivera said there is “no doubt in my mind” that Cam Newton will be ready for the season opener against the Rams. Newton had a good workout and threw well today, Rivera said.

Newton is all but certain not to play on Thursday when the Panthers close out their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So we won’t get anything concrete on his foot’s readiness until that injury report.

Until then, we’ll have to rely on Rivera’s lack of doubt that Cammy Cam will be good to go in a week and a half.

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers have signed long snapper Andrew DePaola to get them through the fourth and final preseason game against Pittsburgh.

DePaola is a veteran who has played for three different teams since 2014, and he’ll fill in for Carolina’s longtime snapper J.J. Jansen. DePaola was most recently with the Raiders, playing in the 2018 season opener before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

“J.J.’s left hand has been bothering him and we decided to sign a snapper and hold J.J. out tomorrow night as a precaution,” general manager Marty Hurney said.

The Panthers had an open roster spot after placing defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (quad) on injured reserve. Carolina also reached injury settlements with guard Norman Price and linebacker Jonathan Celestin, who were both on IR.

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Every team has their own lynchpin, the player who the fans love, and is often the bane of their opponent’s existence. For the Anaheim Ducks, that player is John Gibson.
It’s inevitable in a league of 31 teams, there will always be a player who is underappreciated, who doesn’t get the credit they deserve and will be underrated by just about everyone who doesn’t watch that players team religiously. But at a certain point, it turns from being underappreciated to being disrespected, and at that point, someone has to speak up. The Anaheim Ducks have a player currently on their roster who falls into this category, and today I will be speaking up to point out the glaring ridiculousness that is the consistent disrespect of John Gibson.

Recently the NHL Network has been putting out lists of their “top 10” or “top 20” players at each position (center, winger, defensemen and goaltender) and, as expected, there are truly controversial takes: Jaccob Slavin not making the defensemen list at all, Mark Stone not cracking the top 10 in the wingers category, and Evgeni Malkin only being #13 on the centers list are all what would be considered “hot takes” and ones that I personally think are valid criticisms.

However, none struck a chord with me as much as when they released their goalie list. Gibson was ranked 10th on that list, and our own Ciara Durant already covered what an injustice that is. I don’t think it’s enough, however, so today I am going to be doing a deep dive on John Gibson and making a case why he should not only be a lot higher than #10 in a ranking of best goaltenders in the NHL, but why anything short of being in the top 3 is wrong.

Note: I will be using advanced statistics and numbers that go beyond the normal wins, save percentage, and goals-against average that everyone is familiar with (I will be using those as well but less often) but will do my best to explain as I go, unless otherwise noted my statistics will be coming from Corsica Hockey.

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Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Alexis Sanchez with Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sanchez is set to spend the season at the San Siro after the two clubs reached an agreement that will see United pay a portion of the Chilean’s wages.

He arrived to Italy on Wednseday to undergo a medical and will be confirmed as an Inter player before the European transfer deadline on Sept. 2.

United have agreed to loan Sanchez for 10 months while contributing around £6 million of his £391,000-a-week salary. Inter are set to pay £9.46m of the 30-year-old’s wages plus a loan fee to United. The deal does not include an option to buy.

Sanchez has endured a miserable 18 month at Old Trafford since arriving from Arsenal in January 2018. He has managed just five goals in 45 games and is yet to feature this season after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Chile at this summer’s Copa America.

His last United goal came in the FA Cup at Arsenal in January and he has not completed 90 minutes for the club since the opening day of last season more than a year ago.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested Sanchez could have a key role at United this season after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, but instead the former Barcelona forward will join the Belgian in Milan under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

Sanchez has had a taste of Serie A before after a spell at Udinese before his move to Camp Nou in 2011.