The Edmonton Oilers have exceeded expectations this season, but they have to keep the big picture in mind at the NHL trade deadline.
The Edmonton Oilers have exceeded expectations this season, but they have to keep the big picture in mind at the NHL trade deadline.
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LOS ANGELES — Johnny Juzang, who starred for UCLA in the Bruins’ run to the Final Four, is entering his name in the NBA draft but not hiring an agent. The sophomore guard announced his decision Tuesday on social media, leaving open the possibility of returning to Westwood. He averaged 22.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in six NCAA Tournament games. The Bruins lost to then-undefeated Gonzaga in the national semifinals in their first Final Four appearance since 2008. “For many years, I’ve dreamt about playing professional basketball. But the journey to get to this point has truly been the beautiful part, crossing paths with such great people: coaches, mentors, and brothers," Juzang wrote. "I’m proud to announce that I’m declaring for the NBA Draft, while retaining my collegiate eligibility. I want to thank Coach Cronin and UCLA, the basketball program and the Bruin community, for welcoming me with such open arms. ... I am going continue to work and give the passion I always have and see where it takes me. I’ll then make an informed decision. Blessings!” Juzang, who is from nearby Tarzana, averaged 16.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while starting 26 of 27 games after transferring from Kentucky, where he played as a freshman. “I ask our fans to be understanding, as these young men all love UCLA but also deserve the right to explore their professional status,” coach Mick Cronin said. Juzang’s 137 points in the NCAA Tournament were the second-most scored in a single tournament by any UCLA player. Gail Goodrich totalled 140 points through four games in the 1965 NCAA Tournament. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 The Associated Press
The Bruins sophomore will test the waters after seeing his stock rise with UCLA's NCAA tournament run.
NEW YORK — Yankees manager Aaron Boone made three changes to the starting lineup of his slumping team against Atlanta on Tuesday night, inserting first baseman Mike Ford and left fielder Mike Tauchman and giving Brett Gardner his second start this season in centre field. DJ LeMahieu moved back to second base from first, and centre fielder Aaron Hicks, left fielder Clint Frazier and second baseman Rougned Odor moved to the bench. New York has lost five straight games, dropping to 5-10 for its worst start since 1997. The switch-hitting Hicks was batting .160, including 3 for 32 vs. right-handers, Frazier was hitting .167 with no RBIs and Odor was batting .125. Ford was to make his season debut. He was recalled from the alternate training site and took the roster spot of Jay Bruce, who hit .118 and retired Sunday. Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, who were starting a stretch of games on 13 consecutive days. Charlie Morton started for Atlanta. Boone said he might give Hicks another day off Wednesday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out at least a week due to concussion protocols. Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme updated his star goaltender's status Tuesday. Price was injured in the first period of Montreal's 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Monday following a bump by Oilers forward Alex Chiasson. Jake Allen came on to start the second period and played the remainder of the game. Price, the winner of the Hart and Vezina trophies in 2015 as most valuable player and top goaltender in the NHL, had just returned to the lineup in Saturday's 4-0 loss at home to the Ottawa Senators after missing six games with a lower-body ailment. Price has a 12-7-5 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and .901 save percentage this season. Montreal (19-15-9) has lost seven of its last 10 games and is fourth in the North Division, nine points behind Edmonton and six ahead of Calgary entering play Tuesday night. The Canadiens face the Oilers again Wednesday night in Edmonton. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Andre Odom worked as a graduate assistant at Temple after his college football career ended and eventually landed a job as a scouting assistant with the Chicago Bears before he transitioned to representing players instead of evaluating them. He made the right move. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium next Thursday night in Cleveland to announce the first-round draft picks, two of Odom’s clients — Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons — could be picked in the top 10. Another client, Penn State defensive Jayson Oweh, could go in the first round. It’s been a long journey to reach this point for Odom, an agent with Athletes First who also co-represented 2020 first-round pick K’Lavon Chaisson. “It’s been an obstacle course of many trials and tribulations, many sleepless nights, 17, 18 hours in the office as a graduate assistant,” Odom said. “Then going to the NFL and working in the front office, having long, tiring days and not seeing your family. It was definitely a journey, a tremendous grind, but it was more than worth it.” Odom was raised by his grandmother in Philadelphia and was a two-way starter at running back and defensive back at George Washington High School from 2001-03. He went to Bloomsburg University and played defensive back and was a sprinter on the track team before he transferred to Temple. Odom walked on Temple's football team under coach Al Golden, but a severe back injury ended his playing career before it began. After earning a bachelor's degree in communications, Odom worked in radio sales and banking and returned to his high school as an assistant coach. He joined Temple's staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 and spent three seasons there while earning a master's degree in sports management. Odom joined the Bears in 2013, and had not considered becoming an agent until he was fired in 2015. He pursued it because of his passion to help young athletes develop into better men. “Growing up and being hands on with these athletes, people kind of looked at me as a street agent,” Odom said. “A lot of those individuals are really good people and those athletes need those people because where we’re from, some of us don’t have parents. I didn’t have a mom and dad to hold my hand and walk me through, and a lot of these young men don’t. “It’s a tough life being a professional athlete. It’s not easy. Everything is not going to be perfect sunny days. You’re going to have those rainy days. You’re going to have those painful days when things don’t go well. So who’s going to be with you? Who’s going to help educate you? Who’s going to truly be fully invested in your future, not just your success contractually, but individually, emotionally, mentally, things of that nature. So I just felt like me personally, I had a lot to offer.” Odom credits William Wesley for helping him become an agent at Creative Artists Agency in 2017. Wesley, currently the executive vice-president and senior basketball adviser for the New York Knicks, was a consultant at CAA. “I don’t get to CAA without Wes,” Odom said. “My relationship with him goes far deeper than business. He mentored me and taught me how to deal with people, being strategic, how to treat people the right way. The knowledge I acquired from him has helped me become who I am. It gave me the ability and credibility to sign these guys.” Wide receiver Robby Anderson was Odom’s first client. He also represented Devon White, Marquise Brown and Rock Ya-Sin. Odom joined Athletes First in January 2020. He had to navigate the challenges of working through a pandemic in his first year at a new agency. “I wasn’t really able to get out there and hit the road as I would have liked to, but we found a way to get it done,” Odom said. He also signed Georgia defensive back Mark Webb and Syracuse safety Andre Cisco. Both players expect to hear their name called next weekend. Odom says there’s an “unfair stigma” attached to being an agent based on a negative perception because of the way they’ve been portrayed on television and in movies. “If you’re doing it from the right place in your heart, the right place spiritually and mentally, you’re going to really help these guys become who they want to become,” he said. “You’re going to help them through this tough journey that is almost seemingly never ending because someone’s always grabbing at you, someone always wants something. Your phone is always ringing. "But what they don’t tell them is that when your career is over, when the celebrity dwindles, when your phone stops ringing, no one cares. Who’s going to be there for you? Who’s going to be taking your calls? Who’s going to help you walk down that path to the next portion of your life? Because when a lot of these young men retire, they’re still young.” Working in sales helped Odom learn how to build and cultivate relationships. His time working in a front office allowed him to learn contract language. His coaching background taught him another important perspective. So despite not having a traditional background, he’s quickly become successful. “I didn’t have the red carpet laid out for me,” he said. “I had to really go out there and earn everything. I embraced it and that’s what really distinguishes me from a lot of people. My entire life was like that. I never had anything easy. Nothing was ever handed or given to me on a silver platter. That’s not what I come from. So this was going to be no different. I had to really set my mind to it.” Odom will join Pitts and Parsons next week in Cleveland. After the NFL conducted a virtual draft last year, some players and their families will attend this one. Pitts and Parsons were among the first 10 to accept the invitations. “It’s certainly life changing and for some of these guys, it's monumental depending on their upbringing and circumstances and how and where they grew up,” Odom said. “You are ecstatic for these guys and their families. But it’s not about us, it’s about them and their joy and their families. Seeing their smiles is breathtaking.” ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press
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Kansas State tight end Briley Moore, a graduate transfer from Northern Iowa, frantically scrolled through his waterproof phone. “It was a dream of mine since I was a little kid to go to the combine," Moore said. “So, once I had seen a couple on Twitter got the combine invite, I was taking a shower, checked my phone.” Nothing. His heart sank. Then, it hit him. "Checked my spam on one of my old email addresses from when I was at Northern Iowa and it was in there,” Moore said. “So, my uncle, his wife, and my fiancée were all out in the living room and I started screaming when I was in the shower.” They came running. What was the fuss all about? “I told them I got it." The annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis was cancelled because of the pandemic, leaving prospects to show off for scouts, coaches and general managers at their college pro days instead. While players lamented the lost opportunity to gather in Indy and square off against their peers, an invitation to the combine was still considered a golden ticket for the 323 prospects who were “invited” to the reimagined combine (really, 103 pro days spread out over several weeks on college campuses this spring). “It’s not fun not being able to be there and get that experience. But at the end of the day it’s what made today so important," Moore said at Kansas State's pro day. The scouting combine has morphed from a small gathering of players and talent evaluators to an annual event that even went prime time last year just before COVID-19 upended everything. The annual get-together is the capstone to college football careers for the 300-plus invitees who get to see how they stack up against their peers in their draft class, or even historically. “We’ve been watching it since we were little and that’s something that we look forward to,” Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson said. “It’s kind of a bummer not being able to do it." Scrapped along with the combine were visits to team facilities, leaving Zoom calls as the way to get to know players. “That's something that all of us college players going into the draft look forward to, the combine,” Stevenson said. "But I think I had the upper hand by going to the Senior Bowl and talking to a lot of scouts and showcasing my game there. Then, I had a second chance here at my pro day. I'm blessed.” For those who didn't get to the Senior Bowl, their pro day was their one and only shot to show off in front of NFL teams. “As far as the combine not being had, I was obviously a little disappointed from the fact that I wanted my numbers to be next to everybody else’s numbers at my position because I’ll take my number up against anybody,” Texas safety Caden Sterns said. “So, I was a little disappointed. "But life and football are all about making adjustments. It’s what you have to do.” Northwestern O-lineman Rashawn Slater looked at the bright side: He had 10 teammates on hand at the Wildcats' pro day. “It's definitely nice to be able to do it around all my guys,” Slater said, adding that being around them “one last time was really cool.” “As far as the combine getting cancelled, I knew it was a possibility from the start,” Slater said. "So, my focus was just being prepared for whatever happens, control what I can control. It's unfortunate, but it wasn't something I was super upset about.” Neither was Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell. “I'm still grateful for the invite, still grateful for this opportunity to showcase my talent at pro day one more time for NFL scouts," Powell said. Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III said things could have been worse: “It easily could have been the case not to have a pro day because things were continuing to snowball or get worse” with COVID-19. “I would love to have gone to the combine. It’s an experience you really get only one time," Harvin said. “I mean, I’m still grateful for the invite," said Michigan State defensive tackle Naquan Jones. "There’s a lot of guys that weren’t invited. I can add that credential, that I was there.” In spirit. North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance threw two passes as a freshman, put up a monster 2019 season, saw 2020 fall victim to COVID-19 and spent the last few months preparing for his jump to the pros while his teammates played a spring season. “The biggest challenge was the combine being cancelled," Lance said. “Not having that opportunity, that's something you dream of. My dad went to the combine. So, that was something I was looking forward to.” Lance's father, Carlton, was a cornerback at Southwest Minnesota State who played in the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football. Along with no combine, NFL teams were prohibited from interacting with the prospects in person this spring. Lance said it was a challenge "not being able to meet teams face to face. Zoom meetings, they're good, but being able to shake hands and meet with them and get up on the board a couple of feet away would've been really cool and an awesome experience.” Lance is expected to be one of the first few players picked in the draft next week. It's guys like Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks who really could have used a normal off-season, complete with the combine. At least he got to play in the Senior Bowl. “When you think about what we're going through right now with the pandemic, you have fewer opportunities to get in front of scouts with the combine being cancelled," Franks said. “So, it was a great experience to go out and meet players from all across the country, some of the best. To go out there and compete with those guys, so many different personalities, it was just awesome.” ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press