Get A Load Of How Close Maple Leafs Were To Winning NHL Draft Lottery

It hasn’t been a great couple of days for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs got blanked Sunday by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who bounced them from the qualifying round and prevented them from making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But the caveat to that was in missing the playoffs, the Leafs had a shot at winning the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft via Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery. That would have allowed them to pick winger Alexis Lafreniere, who many believe has the talent to be a franchise player.
The Leafs did not win though, but wow were they close.

John Tavares Leafs' lottery ball Hitting the post on an open net pic.twitter.com/TvyTTXidW6
— Corwin (@corwinmc) August 10, 2020

That’s right, it appears the Maple Leafs ball was right on the cusp of winning, but got bounced by the Minnesota Wild’s ball.
Instead, the New York Rangers won, meaning Lafreniere likely will go to New York and play on a team that already boasts Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad.
Oh, and the Leafs? Because their pick fell outside the top 10 (they went 13th), it went to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Patrick Marleau salary dump trade from last year. So, Toronto doesn’t have a first-round pick this year.
Fun stuff!
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The 2021 Collection from Imperial

BOURBON, MO – Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf
facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in the Member Survey the last four consecutive years, announced the launch of its 2021 Collection of headwear, T-shirts and accessories.
 
To view a digital version of Imperial’s 2021 Collection, please click here.
 
The new product catalog debuted for Imperial sales representatives last week, and an impressive range of new headwear, custom logo lifestyle products, and innovative decoration techniques were unveiled.
 
“Imperial is becoming more than just a headwear brand for my retail business,” said Bob Ford, Head Golf Professional and General Manager at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. “They are now providing quality products, such as T-shirts and neck gaiters in addition to their amazing headwear line, that sell through at great margins.”
 
The 2021 Collection from Imperial continues to build on the brand’s growing selection of headwear and lifestyle accessories. Overall, 28 new products were added to the line this year, in addition to dozens of new color options for their best sellers.
 
Perhaps the most exciting announcement from Imperial is an immediate addition of a brand new “Micro Patch” to the Company’s low minimum, quick-turnaround, domestic decoration program. The “Micro Patch” is a small, free form embroidered applique applied with heat that cleanly delivers a tremendous amount of logo detail in tiny space. The new decoration represents an array of beautiful custom logo applications, and it looks amazing on cotton hats as well as performance styles.

“Imperial continues to impress me with its innovative custom logo options,” said Scott Kirkwood, Director of Golf at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. “Their new ‘Micro Patch’ is the best new decoration technique I have seen in years from any headwear company.”
 
Other notable highlights of Imperial’s 2021 offering include:
 

Mile High Fit

The new ‘Mile High Fit’ from Imperial (pictured here featuring the new laser etched leather patch) is a completely new headwear silhouette that is stylishly deeper and more structured than anything else in the current line. This modern look is offered in three new caps: The Bronson (S1300), The Humblebrag (S1301), and The Kathmandu (S1302).

Neck Gaiters

A new product category, multi-use custom neck gaiters, are now offered by Imperial in a brand new import program available for immediate ordering. Made from lightweight performance fabric, these multi-use neck gaiters are moisture wicking and UPF 50+. They come in a choice of solid color with one custom heat seal logo, or a step-and-repeat all over sublimated pattern also with one heat sealed logo. The gaiters also ship in a polybag with header cards for convenient retail display.

Transfusion Long Sleeve Hooded T-shirt

Imperial’s buttery soft ‘Transfusion’ tri-blend T-shirt fabric has been a best seller for several seasons, and now it is available in a long sleeve hooded version. The unisex garment comes in XS through XXL and is offered exclusively with direct to garment custom prints.

Laser Etched Faux Leather Patches

A new laser etched faux leather patch was launched for at once ordering. The leather patches can be laser etched and are also available in custom shapes as well as letters and numbers.
 

Reflective Patches

Stylish and sporty, the new reflective patch is now available through Imperial’s Empire Program. It looks great on many of the new performance styles launching this coming season, including the ‘Imperial IMP5’ style with reflective print pattern side panels.

Hat Caddie

Imperial recently unveiled an all new travel-friendly ‘Carry Collection’. The newest addition to that collection is a lightweight, hard shell ‘Hat Caddie’ that is designed to protect and store approximately six of your favorite Imperial caps and visors. The carry case is offered with one custom 3D Insignia logo on the front.

“Each season we strive to develop next level retail solutions for our customers,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Imperial. “Imperial’s new catalog represents months of hard work, creativity and commitment from our entire team. To be able to bring to market the amount of newness there is in our 2021 product line is nothing short of remarkable.”
 
For more information about Imperial Headwear, please visit imperialsports.com, contact your local sales representative or call (800) 950-1916.
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Red Sox Notes: Mitch Moreland, Rafael Devers Both Unavailable In Loss

Both Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers were not in the Red Sox’s starting lineup Monday against the Rays. And it’s unclear if the duo will be available Tuesday.
Ron Roenicke noted prior to Boston’s game against Tampa Bay that Devers’ ankle was feeling “a little iffy” after lunging into first base Sunday afternoon, but was hopeful he’d be ready to go off the bench if needed.
But that wasn’t the case as the third baseman was nowhere to be found in the eighth or ninth inning to pinch-hit in Boston’s eventual 8-7 loss at Fenway Park.
Moreland also was not used in a close-game situation, which raised some questions after the game.
“Mitch wasn’t available tonight,” Roenicke told reporters during his postgame Zoom press conference. “He came in, his knee was bugging him after that day game yesterday. … I knew the whole way I wasn’t going to use him today.”
While the skipper is hopeful Moreland will be available for Tuesday, the same cannot be said about Devers.
Roenicke noted the infielder will meet with medical staff and is “doubtful” for the game. It’s worth noting Roenicke said it wasn’t “a bad sprain,” but Devers was seen in a walking boot pregame.
We guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this is something that could be long-term.
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Here are some other notes from Monday’s Red Sox-Rays game: 
— Jonathan Araúz had himself a night.
The 22-year-old, Rule 5 draft pick, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Araúz’s biggest hit of the game came in the eighth when he drove in two to make it 8-7.
He likely would have gone 4-for-4 had it not been for Kevin Kiermaier robbing Araúz in the second.

The Outlaw robs again
Watch more of Kevin Kiermaier and the @RaysBaseball take on the Red Sox on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/IJeHa64hMb#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/iBW6kHIGm5
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2020

— J.D. Martinez finally got his first RBI since Boston’s Opening Day win against the Baltimore Orioles.
And it was a huge one.
The designated hitter absolutely unloaded on the baseball and sent it up and over the Green Monster in the third inning.

J.D. ABSOLUTELY ANNIHILATED THAT BALL pic.twitter.com/cH8xMsf5DD
— NESN (@NESN) August 11, 2020

He finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.
— The Rays had 25 (!!!) baserunners against Boston.

The Rays have 25 baserunners in this game – tied for their most ever in a nine-inning game against the Red Sox.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 11, 2020

— The game took four hours and 24 minutes to complete, which was the longest nine-inning game at Fenway Park in three years, as heard on the NESN broadcast.
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J.D. Martinez Breaks Out In Big Way As Red Sox Fall To Rays On Monday

Although Monday wasn’t the best night for the Boston Red Sox, there was a silver lining.
Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez entered Monday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays with just one hit in his last 16 at-bats, but put together arguably his finest game of the season so far.
Martinez finished the game 3-for-4 while slugging his first home run of the coronavirus-shortened Major League Baseball season. The Red Sox big man had one RBI on the night and also scored two runs to go along with a walk.
For more on his great night, check out the video above from Monday night’s “Red Sox Final,” presented by Rodenhiser Home Services.
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MLB Rumors: League Considering Bubble For Postseason, World Series

Could Major League Baseball be the next professional sports league to implement a bubble environment?
The league has engaged in preliminary discussions about holding its postseason, including the World Series, at a centralized location, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin. It’s unclear what the environment would entail, though Passan suggested at least three cities could be needed.
This comes after numerous teams — including the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies — have dealt with outbreaks through the first 2 1/2 weeks of MLB’s abbreviated 2020 season.
The NBA and NHL already have shown the kind of impact a bubble environment can have on preventing COVID-19 from infecting players and staff. Neither league has reported a positive COVID-19 test in the last two weeks.
MLB’s postseason is slated to begin Sept. 29.
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USWNT Midfielder, Mass. Native Sam Mewis Signs With Manchester City

2019 World Cup champion and Whitman-Hanson Regional High alumni Sam Mewis is headed to England.
Manchester City announced Monday it’s signed one of the United States women’s national team’s star midfielders. The club signed Mewis on a permanent deal from the North Carolina Courage, with whom she’s won three NWSL titles. And though the size or exact length of the deal hasn’t been disclosed, ESPN reported that Mewis will be playing with Manchester City for the “foreseeable future.”
Here’s what Mewis had to say about leaving the U.S. for the Women’s Super League abroad, via ESPN’s Kathleen McNamee:
“I know the Super League has just been growing so much and has such a great competition and has a lot of world-class players playing here so I thought it sounded like such a great opportunity to develop my game in a new way and get outside my comfort zone a little bit…
“I think it is such an individual decision to switch teams or change leagues and the opportunity is so great that I personally was like this is a chance for me to add some depth to my game and continue to evolve as a player.
“Just to be here in England where the culture of football is so incredible. I hope that as women’s soccer and the whole world continues to involve and grow that players get opportunities like this because I do think that playing anywhere that you can and just having these new experiences to add to your tool belt will make us better players.”
Best of luck to the Hanson native.
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Red Sox Wrap: Late-Inning Rally Falls Short In Boston’s 8-7 Loss Vs. Rays

It was thrilling, but the Red Sox couldn’t quite get it done.
Boston amassed 11 hits and took an early lead, but ultimately lost 8-7 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox tried to rally in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate twice, but the Rays held off the threat, played rally killer and stopped Boston from getting its second consecutive win.
With the loss, the Red Sox fell to 6-10, while the Rays climbed to 9-8.
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Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
Strange.
The game easily could have been a much higher scoring affair. But between some weird plays and leaving a slew of men on base — the Rays left 25 men on — that wasn’t the case.

The Rays have 25 baserunners in this game – tied for their most ever in a nine-inning game against the Red Sox.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 11, 2020

ON THE BUMP
— Ryan Brasier ran into a bit of trouble early when he put two on with two out In the first, but he was able to escape the jam.
— Colten Brewer took over in the second and got the first out before giving up back-to-back doubles to get the Rays on the board 3-1.

Rays are on the board!
Watch @RaysBaseball vs Red Sox on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/IJeHa64hMb#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/Ie4s2758al
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2020

The Rays threatened to do more damage with two on, but Brewer was able to escape.
Things didn’t go as well for Brewer in the fourth after the first two batters reached on an error and single. Boston threw Yoshi Tsutsugo out at second on a Kevin Kiermaier groundout, but Michael Perez plated two runs on a single that fell into no-man’s land in the center field to come within a run.

Big knock pic.twitter.com/sDTYVysG6R
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 11, 2020

Tampa Bay appeared to tie it a batter later when Perez scored from first on a deep double from Austin Meadows. But a review at home plate ruled the throw indeed was in time and the score remained 4-3.

Pictured Here: An Out pic.twitter.com/AMCoEgTkYS
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 11, 2020

— Marcus Walden got the ball for the fifth and surrendered an RBI-triple to Joey Wendle to tie things up at 4-4.

RBI TRIPLE TO TIE THE GAME! Thank you, Joey Wendle!
Catch the @RaysBaseball game on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/IJeHa64hMb#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/3obwJSVX2J
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2020

A two-out walk was enough for Roenicke to remove Walden for Jeffrey Springs, who got out of the inning with a Kevin Kiermaier strikeout.
— Springs gave up a leadoff single to Perez before getting the next two outs in the sixth. But a walk to Yandy Diaz and Ji-Man Choi single gave the Rays their first lead of the night.

You’ve just been Choi’ed pic.twitter.com/149eSDozq8
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 11, 2020

Jose Martinez grounded out to end the inning.
Things got ugly for Springs in the seventh when he gave up two runs on three straight hits to give Tampa Bay back the lead 7-5.

Confirmed, the #1 center fielder pic.twitter.com/omB0n0RWRm
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 11, 2020

— Phillips Valdez came in to clean up the mess and did just that with some help from Plawecki.
Valdez walked Meadows and tried to steal second but was caught in the act to end the inning.
The right-hander returned for the eighth and started off strong by getting two straight outs, but the Rays’ bats woke up and strung together three straight hits to drive in a run and make it 8-5.

Have a night, Manuel Margot!
Watch @RaysBaseball vs Red Sox on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/IJeHa64hMb#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/Q5WBEMWPL0
— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2020

A walk to Kiermaier loaded the bags but a groundout ended the inning and the possibility of the game being broken wide open.
— Dylan Covey was responsible for the ninth and pitched a clean inning.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Boston wasted no time getting to work and put together a three-run first.
Alex Verdugo singled and J.D. Martinez drew a walk to bring Xander Bogaerts to the plate. The shortstop doubled to left field to bring in a run before Michael Chavis made it 2-0 on a groundout.
Kevin Plawecki plated Bogaerts with a single for the 3-0 lead.
— Martinez finally got the home run monkey off his back in the third when he absolutely crushed the heck out of the ball for his first round-tripper of the season to make it 4-1.

J.D. ABSOLUTELY ANNIHILATED THAT BALL pic.twitter.com/cH8xMsf5DD
— NESN (@NESN) August 11, 2020

— The Red Sox made some noise in the fifth by loading the bases with one out, but Xander Bogaerts grounded into an inning-ending double-play to end the threat.
— The Rays’ lead didn’t last long when Michael Chavis led the sixth off with a double and was driven home a batter later when Plawecki singled to make it 5-5.
— Boston brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth with two outs. Christian Vazquez pinch-hit for Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases full of Red Sox for Jonathan Araúz — who collected his first two major league hits earlier in the game.
And the 22-year-old got the biggest hit (so far) of his career when he drove in two with a single to cut into Tampa Bay’s lead 8-7.
Kevin Pillar grounded out to end the inning, but the Red Sox had life.
— Martinez kept it going in the ninth with a one-out single to bring the winning run to the plate in Bogaerts, but he lined out to right for out No. 2.
Michael Chavis struck out swinging to end the game.
— Plawecki, Araúz and Martinez led the way with three hits apiece.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Have yourself a day, Jonathan!

Jonathan Araúz’s Night: 1st ML Hit 1st ML Double 1st ML RBI x2 pic.twitter.com/FdKltSEe4I
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 11, 2020

UP NEXT
The Red Sox continue their set with the Rays with Game 2 on Tuesday night. First pitch from Fenway Park is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Twitter Reacts To Steph Curry’s Leaked Shoe For Brand With Under Armour

Having your own shoe is a big deal to players in the NBA, but not many reach a level of notoriety to land their own signature label.
But Steph Curry may soon be on that level, with reports of the Goldon State Warrior landing his own brand with Under Armour.
Along with these rumors, the team reportedly uploaded a video of the three-time NBA championship practicing at the Warriors training facility wearing the Curry8 Flow sneaker, yet to launch, before quickly taking the video down.
But screenshots and screen recordings are forever, giving the world a sneak peak at what the kick, new logo and all, will look like.

The Curry 8 is rumored to be the first sneaker released under Curry’s individual brand. Peep the new logo. pic.twitter.com/srHBcT0Gvy
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) August 10, 2020

And as it does with most shoe releases, the middle of the Venn diagram of sneaker and NBA twitter had a lot to say about it. Some of them were just ruthless in their roasts of Under Armor, but here are our favorites reactions:

Sketchers + Steph = Stephers
— MASKlinsky (@Myslinsky) August 10, 2020

Steph said pic.twitter.com/UvKZwiXHEV
— Timeline Pod Stan Account (@this__league) August 11, 2020

Steph with UA pic.twitter.com/L9SHuuM8Jw
— Juan Toscano-Anderson fan account BLM (@JuanforMVP) August 10, 2020

My man got on the all birds 8s
— Wyatt (@WestCoastWyatt) August 10, 2020

pic.twitter.com/3PGOyINwRC
— chunky (@chunkierthanyou) August 10, 2020

pic.twitter.com/A7PF2aD62F
— john jervay (arrest breonna taylors killers) (@JohnJervay) August 10, 2020

Ankle support looks super interesting giving Steph’s ankle history
— D (@TrusttheD) August 10, 2020

When you’re playing pick up but got a meeting in an hour.
— CHRISTIAN BARRETO (@HELLOXNOBODY) August 11, 2020

an improvement to hospital shoes
— maan (@clutchtatum) August 10, 2020

Some of these are too funny.
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Heat’s Jimmy Butler Forgets He’s On TV And Swears During Postgame Interview

When it was announced that the NBA would be played without fans to finish out the rest of the season, there was a lot of uncertainty around what the broadcast would sound like.
A question for some fans was whether or not we’d finally be able to hear just how intense these athletes go at each other and referees. In other words, will the trash talk be loud and clear? And if not, can someone please start a streaming service that has rights to a broadcast rated “R” for language?
And while pumped-in hip hop and virtual fans fill the arenas with noise, you do pick up a lot more on what the guys on the court are saying. But rarely can you catch a blatant swear word.
But there is Jimmy Butler, who on Monday used profanity to address another player in the middle of being interviewed on live television.
“Good s— my dude,” Butler said during his postgame interview, endearingly greeting some unidentified players exiting the court. “Brotherly love, man, I like to see y’all walking out together, it’s cute.”
This seems accidental, but it’s fun to remind ourselves that the wing has been even more inappropriate in press conferences before.
Hilariously, the Heat announcer questioning him had to apologize for Butler’s outburst. Check it out here.
And by the way, that sports streaming service that allows us to hear swears should be a thing.
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Bruce Cassidy Knows Hurricanes’ Top Line Will Be ‘Handful’ For Bruins

The stage is set and the Boston Bruins will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
These two teams met last year with Boston sweeping Carolina after the Canes shocked the hockey world and eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
It will be no easy task for the Bruins, especially considering Carolina made easy work of the hapless New York Rangers in the round-robin tournament.Boston, meanwhile, went 0-3-0.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy knows the threat the Hurricanes pose, particularly their top line of Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teräväinen, noting they have a “sixth sense.”
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But Cassidy also sees some of his own top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand in the opponents.
“They’re really well connected. They remind me of our — you know when Bergeron’s line is going,” Cassidy told reporters during a Zoom call Monday. “They can turn away from pressure and they don’t need a lot of time to find each other. Seem to have that sixth sense on the ice of where they’re going to be and that probably comes with repetition, being good players. They have it seems like a good balance of size with Svechnikov, Aho kind of dishes and passes. Teräväinen is more of a guy that looks to thread the needle but certainly has some speed to back you off.
“They’re going to be a handful, just like our guys are when they’re going. You have to limit their touches. You have to close on them quickly when you can. And do damage control by not giving them easy chances off the rush. That’s what I’ve always found against good offensive lines. You have to make them work for every inch of the ice and if they’re willing to do that and have success doing that, then you have to tip your hat to them.”
We’ll get our first look at the two teams going head-to-head Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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