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By elaine95, 2018-09-29

Free agent cornerback Davon House is returning to the Green Bay Packers after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal.

General manager Brian Gutekunst announced the signing on Friday.

House was Green Bay's fourth-round draft pick in 2011. He's the second former Packers cornerback to return to the defense this offseason Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey , joining Tramon Williams.

House started all 12 games he played last year in Green Bay, finishing fourth on the team with nine passes defended. A respected veteran in the locker room, House had shoulder and back injuries in 2017.

He played the previous two seasons in Jacksonville after a four-stint in Green Bay to start his NFL career.

The Packers may still be looking for help at cornerback in this year's draft, which starts April 26.

The pageantry and patriotism accompanying the buildup to the Minnesota Twins' home opener forced a pause for James Paxton in his warmup routine, leaving the Seattle starting pitcher standing alone in left field while a giant flag was unfurled nearby.

The bald eagle brought in for a ceremonial flight over the field was the final piece of the pregame pomp, prior to the playing of the national anthem.

Well, the big bird didn't want to visit the mound, perhaps wary of Major League Baseball's new rule limiting such trips to keep the pace of play. Instead, it picked out another target at Target Field.

And Paxton wound up as the landing spot Zack Smith Jersey , sticking its talons into his back.

"I guess the eagle knew I was Canadian. I don't know. But it came for me," the left-hander said on Thursday evening after the Twins rallied past the Mariners 4-2 .

Even on a 38-degree afternoon against a big-swinging lineup, the toughest task for Paxton might have been keeping his composure during that startling moment before the game when the pastime of bird watching took on a whole new meaning.

"Figured I'm not going to outrun an eagle," Paxton said. "So might as well see what happens."

Rather than soaring to the mound to reach his summoning handlers, the bird took a path straight toward Paxton, causing him to jerk his upper body backward to avoid being grazed. Then the eagle, named Challenger, landed in the grass before circling back to find a perch on Paxton's right shoulder . One of the trainers hustled out to lure the bird safely away and make sure Paxton was all right.

"I kind of ducked it so it wouldn't fly into my face. It was, I think Duncan Keith Jersey , trying to stand on my back," Paxton said. "And then I thought, 'OK, if I can stand up slowly, maybe it'll just rest on my shoulder. But as I stood up, he kind of fell off my back a little bit and was kind of clawing to try to get back up on my shoulder. But then as I stood straight up, it fell back onto the ground."

So he simply resumed warming up.

"The talons, I don't think, punctured me. They were kind of sharp on my back. I don't have any scratches Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey , I don't believe," Paxton said. "That's not the first time I've seen a bald eagle, but it was the first time I've had one try to land on me."

Talk about poise under pressure.

"I was just standing there, trying not to panic," he said.

Both teams had a good time reliving the moment. Mariners manager Scott Servais said he thought fellow starting pitcher Felix Hernandez would have run away. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton had no trouble admitting that would have been his reaction, too.

"When I saw him like perk up on Paxton's arm, I'm gone," Buxton said. "He wouldn't have a chance to get on my shoulder."

Twins catcher Mitch Garver said the large-talon landing was "terrifying." Twins closer Fernando Rodney joked about using one of the imaginary arrows he shoots into the air after converting a save to try to bring down the bird.

"When I saw that, I said Youth Derek Grant Jersey , 'Wow,'" Rodney said. "That's baseball. A lot of things happen."

Minnesota fans, meanwhile, could probably appreciate an eagle-free sporting event at this point. The Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game this winter, of course, before the Eagles came to Minneapolis two weeks later to win their first Super Bowl.

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By elaine95, 2018-08-02

NEW YORK — The Toronto Maple Leafs are two weeks away from embarking upon a pursuit they hope will allow the franchise to achieve something it hasn’t done in more than 50 years. The New York Islanders will have far more modest and shorter-term goals in mind Friday night Authentic Daryl Worley Jersey , when they host the Maple Leafs at Barclays Center.

Both teams won their most recent games. The Maple Leafs continued surging toward the playoffs Wednesday, when they beat the visiting Florida Panthers 4-3. The Islanders earned a rare victory Tuesday, when they edged the host Ottawa Senators 4-3.

The win was the team-record 46th of the season for the Maple Leafs (46-24-7). The 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2003-04 clubs all won 45 games apiece.9-nike_49ers_292.jpg

But as notable as the achievement was Wednesday night Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey , the Maple Leafs have far loftier goals in mind, Toronto hasn’t reached the Stanley Cup Finals since winning its last championship in 1967. Both droughts are by far the longest among the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises.

“It’s nice to get, obviously,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said about the 46th victory following Wednesday’s game. “But we’ve got bigger plans. We’re just moving along and trying to get better.”

The Maple Leafs Jake Odorizzi Jersey , who are one point away from their first 100-point season since 2003-04, are all but locked into third place in the Atlantic Division and a first-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins. Boston moved past Tampa Bay and into first place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

While the Maple Leafs have history in mind, the Islanders (32-35-10) just want to remember what it’s like to win consecutive games. The win Tuesday was just the third in the last 17 games (3-10-4) for New York since its most recent two-game winning streak Feb. 15-16.

The Islanders have produced back-to-back wins only three times since the end of November. No wonder, then Cheap Alex McGough Jersey , that New York was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-0 loss to the Panthers on Monday night.

“As athletes, we want to win — we hate losing, so we want to compete, go out there Youth Denzel Ward Jersey , work hard and do the right things,” Islanders left winger Anthony Beauvillier told the team’s website following Tuesday’s game. “It’s about pride, playing for us and feeling good about ourselves.”

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is likely to oppose the Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak in a battle of number one net-minders.

Andersen earned the win Wednesday, when he stopped 30 shots against the Panthers. Halak notched the victory Tuesday Authentic Isaiah Oliver Jersey , when he recorded 33 saves against the Senators.

Andersen is 5-1-1 in seven career appearances against the Islanders while Halak is 8-3-4 in 16 games against the Maple Leafs.

With a win Friday, the Maple Leafs will sweep the season series from the Islanders for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign. The first two meetings this season were played at Air Canada Centre, where Toronto cruised to a 5-0 win Jan. 31 and earned a 4-3 shootout victory Feb. 22.

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