New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced that Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch for tonight's Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.
The Rangers will also play defenseman Roman Hamrlik in place of the injured Anton Stralman.
Richards has been struggling throughout the playoffs and has been playing on the fourth line. Richards played a postseason-low 8:10 in Game 3's loss to Boston. Richards has only one goal and a -3 rating so far in this postseason.
Richards said of the scratch, "I'm surprised, I guess. I'm disappointed."
Tortorella hasn't said very much about his lineup tonight other than Richards being out and Hamrlik in. At this time, Tortorella hasn't announced who will take Richards place in the lineup.
Hamrlik hasn't played since April 1st against the Winnipeg Jets. Hamrlik will replace the injured Anton Stralman who took a hit to head from Milan Lucic in Game 3 and as a precaution will miss the all important Game 4.
Tim Tebow may not have any NFL offers as of yet, but he does have at least one suitor vying for his services... for $75 a game.
The Omaha Beef of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (rolls right off the tongue) have reached out to Tebow's agent, Jimmy Sexton, and have offered a contract to the former New York Jet. The Beef are willing to give Tebow $75 a game, a far cry from the $2.1 million he made last season in Gotham.
Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said that he doesn't expect to hear back from Tebow's camp, but thought it was worth a try to contact him.
The Beef have a starting quarterback right now, and a pretty good one at that. James McNear has led the Beef to a 5-1 record so far this season and has completed 70 percent of his passes. McNear has also thrown 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
McNear doesn't seem to be fazed by the news of the Beef contacting Tebow. In fact he feels that he is the better quarterback, saying,
"I think Tim can learn a lot from me,"
TSN's Dave Naylor is reporting that the CFL's Montreal Alouettes own Tim Tebow's CFL rights and would welcome him onto the team as a backup.
Alouettes general manager Jim Popp told TSN that if Tebow were to join the Alouettes, his role would be similar to his with the New York Jets, saying:
"If he wants to come to Canada he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York. He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did (behind Doug Flutie). And one day he might be the guy; that's our vision. He can learn from the best."
Current Montreal Alouettes coach and former Colorado Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins is said to be a big fan of Tim Tebow's work. Hawkins' interest in Tebow is a big reason why Montreal still retains the rights to Tim Tebow. Previous Montreal Alouettes coach and current Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was a fan of Tebow's as well.
Popp has no plans to contact Tebow and believes that Tebow will exhaust all his NFL options before looking to join a CFL team.
"If (Tebow) wants to come to Canada he will reach out to us," said Popp. "And if he wants to come to Canada we would take a look at him."
Popp has said that the team also owns the rights to Vince Young, but the two haven't been in contact for months.
After one uneventful season in New York, the Jets have released Tim Tebow after a logjam was created at the quarterback position.
After the New York Jets drafted highly touted quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia, it left the Jets with six quarterbacks, including Mark Sanchez and Tebow. The release of Tebow had been expected due to his inactivity with the Jets. Coach Rex Ryan benched Sanchez in gave the starter's job to third stringer Greg McElroy leaving Tebow very upset.
Tebow became expendable when the team signed former Jacksonville Jaguar and Miami Dolphin David Garrard.
Ryan released a statement that read:
"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward."
The Jets had been trying to shop Tebow around during the Draft, but no one took the bait and now it appears his future is very murky. The Jacksonville Jaguars need help at the quarterback position but said in the past that they would not pursue Tebow.
Tebow may need to convert to another position in order to restart his NFL career. A highly inaccurate thrower, Tebow is just one of five quarterbacks in the last 30 years to complete less than 48% of his passes, with a minimum of 300 throws. The others on the list are Akili Smith, Heath Shuler, Bubby Brister, and Steve Beuerlein.
Tebow said of his time in New York:
"I felt like it was a learning opportunity for me," he said at the end of the season, reflecting on the year that wasn't. "There was a lot that I'll take from it. There's a lot that I learned and there are lot of relationships that I've built, so I know that it happened for a reason."
The New York Jets traded a fourth round pick, $1.5 million in salary, and another $2.5 million to Denver last season to acquire the little used quarterback.
UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios will miss the college football season after he was diagnosed with a very rare, deadly fungal infection.
Rios, projected to be a starting cornerback for the Bruins, originally had a sinus infection that later developed into something more serious. The infection turned into a fungal infection that was found behind his eye and between his brain.
Rios said of the diagnosis, “It’s very rare. Only 12 people have ever had it and eight of them have died. Two others recovered and then died later.”
Rios has spent the majority of the offseason in-and-out of hospitals and is currently taking antibiotics through a PICC, peripherally inserted central catheter, line in his arm. Since Rios has the PICC line in his arm, he said that he cannot do any running and is slated for another surgery.
Coach Jim Mora said that Rios will be out six months and Rios added that he is probably out for the season.
Football has to take a backseat for his health and here's hoping for a speedy return for Rios.
According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots and cornerback Aqib talib have agreed to a one year deal. After Wes Welker, Aqib Talib was considered the top priority for the Patriots.
The Patriots acquired the troubled cornerback from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a draft pick after the NFL had suspended Talib for four games due to a positive test for Adderall.
Talib quickly made a difference in the Patriots secondary. In his first game with the Patriots, Talib picked off an Andrew Luck pass and returned it 59 yard for a touchdown in the Patriots 59-24 win over the Colts. Talib quickly solidified himself as the number one cornerback in New England and it was of the utmost importance that the Pats re-sign him this offseason.
In six regular season games with the Pats last season, Aqib Talib recorded 19 tackles and tacked on 10 more in the playoffs. Talib was injured in the first quarter of the AFC Championship and did not return to the game, a turning point for the Ravens as they went on to defeat the Patriots, 28-23, on the way tho winning the Super Bowl.
Outside of Talib, there really wasn't much on the cornerback free agent market and Talib was considered the best corner on the market.
The Patriots secondary is starting to come together after the past couple of days. The Patriots have re-signed Kyle Arrington and were able to reach a deal with former Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson.
I'm almost sure there is a Borat joke in this story somewhere, but during a match between Kazakh teams Ekibastuz and Almaty, it appears as if a water main broke on the pitch.
Rather than delay the game until its fixed, the officials decide to continue the match. As you can see in the video above, a player tries to throw the ball in from the corner because, you know, you can't really hit a ball that is half submerged in water. They retry and finally get the ball in only to have it kicked back from whence it came.
See, I kind of got a Borat joke in there. Kind of.