Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 AM EDT Jul 29, 2019 The first day of free agency brought a flurry of contract agreements totally more than $3 billion. That set the stage for an overheated market where 40% of the league’s workforce was on the market. The Detroit Pistons were bystanders when it came to big-ticket players, but used every means available to improve the roster. Lacking cap space and only armed with mid-level and biannual exceptions for free agency, the Pistons addressed needs with point guard Derrick Rose and big man Markieff Morris. They added a potential starter at small forward before free agency, trading for Tony Snell. The Pistons drafted forward Sekou Doumbouya, a talented top-10 prospect who fell to No. 15. The Pistons signed another point guard, Tim Frazier, for protection against the injury histories of Rose and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons added frontcourt depth by picking up big man Christian Wood off the waiver wire. Training camp is … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons stand after offseason of upheaval?
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“The team,” added Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, “got manipulated into believing some things that might not have been there.” What we have here is Exhibit A in why there is such a dearth of offer sheets extended to restricted free agents. The Habs took a stab — not a very good one, frankly, but totally in accordance with collective bargaining agreement guidelines and practices — only to have the grieving party kick, scream, and make everyone on the Montreal side of the transaction out to be a bunch of hockey hayseeds. So, if you’re one of the other 29 NHL GMs who were not involved in this deal, what do you think your appetite would be to become the next guy to drop a sheet on another RFA? Answer: zero. Exactly the number of offer sheets, by the way, that were made over the previous five seasons. No GMs really want to make RFA offers, first and foremost because they know offer sheets are usually a financial reach, and they also incur the … [Read more...] about Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho a swing and miss
Auburn has slain another giant. And this time it punched the program’s first ticket to the Final Four.Two days after stunning top-seed North Carolina in the Sweet 16, the Tigers toppled No. 2 seed Kentucky Sunday as their best player watched from the sideline in a wheelchair with a torn ACL.Bryce Brown picked up the slack and then some for an injured Chuma Okeke, willing the Tigers to the Final Four with a 77-71 win over Kentucky.Auburn came into the game at a significant disadvantage, down its best player in NBA prospect Okeke, who suffered a torn left ACL in the second half of Friday’s win over North Carolina.See photos from the game: 12 PHOTOS No. 5 Auburn shocks No. 2 Kentucky in overtime See Gallery No. 5 Auburn shocks No. 2 Kentucky in overtime Auburn's Anfernee McLemore (24) reaches for a rebound between Kentucky's PJ Washington (25), Keldon Johnson and Ashton Hagans (2) during overtime of the Midwest Regional final game in the … [Read more...] about Shorthanded Auburn stuns again, topples Kentucky to advance to 1st Final Four
THE Prince of Wales turns 70 today – and to mark the occasion he will celebrate alongside inspirational Sun readers also reaching this landmark birthday. From fundraisers to football coaches, we are honouring Britain’s most deserving people at this birthday party like no other. We asked for nominees who have brightened up the lives of others and who, like Prince Charles, were born in 1948. Today the super 70 – including Age UK volunteer Eileen Thomson, inset top, who also met Charles in 1982, above – will attend an exclusive tea party at posh Spencer House, in central London. Prince Charles – joined by the Duchess of Cornwall – will be guest of honour at our exclusive bash. We profile the winners of this special birthday honour. ‘Meeting Charles? Things like this don’t happen to people like me’ WOMEN’S Institute group treasurer Kathleen Jowett visits elderly villagers with food she has rustled up for them in her kitchen. … [Read more...] about Our inspirational readers celebrating their 70th birthday alongside Prince Charles over tea