Olympic hockey is on everyone’s mind this week, given the news about the IOC banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Games. The rankings highlight a player from each team whom we truly, deeply lament will not be playing for his country in South Korea.
Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: These are bleak times in Ottawa. A team that was among the peskiest in the Eastern Conference last season is floundering; at 9-12-7, the Senators are seventh in the anemic Atlantic Division.
Since then, there were the unchecked antics of Odell Beckham Jr. ranging from childish temper tantrums to a profane end-zone celebration to the mini-vacation with fellow Giants wide receivers that became a major distraction prior to last season’s playoff loss in Green Bay.
There was second-year cornerback Eli Apple talking about how New York needing to fix its “culture” after the 2017 Giants fell to 0-5.
Andrew Whitworth, OT, Los Angeles Rams: The veteran Whitworth appeared to injure himself on a Cooper Kupp touchdown play, as he limped off the field with some help from Rams medical staff. He later retreated to the locker room for further testing on an ankle injury, and the team declared him questionable to return because of the injury. Whitworth made his return to the lineup in the third quarter.
Deon Cain, WR, Clemson — Deon Cain is another in a long line of talented Clemson wide receivers, and he tallied another touchdown Saturday with three catches for 39 yards in the Tigers 38-3 demolishing of Miami. Cain has decent size, good speed and is a good route runner to boot and the junior has every chance to be a productive wide receiver at the next level.