Christian Covington fully cleared, ready to improve his craft
Christian Covington has received medical clearance to begin the Texans’ offseason conditioning program next week. The defensive tackle started two of seven games last season before tearing his biceps.
I’m perfect, Covington said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. I’m ready. I’m 100 percent. I can’t wait to get going again. I feel like a kid again. It’s like taking the training wheels off a bike. I love it.
Hellebuyck, fittingly, was named earlier in the day one of the NHL’s three finalists for the Vezina Trophy that’s awarded annually to the best goalie in the league.
It definitely added a little more hop to my step. I don’t know if it changed my game too much because I prepare the same way and I do the same things every day, Hellebuyck said. I guess it’s just a nice milestone that me and my family will enjoy.
The crowd, fired up about the opportunity the Wild had to even the series, produced plenty of collective groans after difficult saves by Hellebuyck after jeering him in Game 3 with the customary Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! chant. One of Hellebuyck’s most important stops came in the opening minutes of the second period, when a 3-on-1 rush by the Wild set up Matt Dumba for a wrist try denied with a sprawling glove stop.
When you’re picking this high, if you make a mistake… (and) you miss on a quarterback… you probably hurt the franchise for five years, Gettleman said, via NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano. It’s a five-year mistake.
The Giants currently own the second overall pick and will have plenty of high-quality options whether they take a quarterback or not.
Gettleman added he has not made up his mind on which prospect to select, saying: With the second pick, I’m sitting at Ben and Jerry’s and I have a lot of different flavors to look at.
One player linked to New York is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, a consensus top-five prospect. Gettleman appeared enamored with the athletic ball-carrier.
Mark Teixeira will be in the booth for the Yankees’ home opener on ESPN Monday. The game is blacked out in New York, but available on YES.
ESPN will have a new morning show called Get Up! starting Monday that will feature Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose.