The NHLs Mar. Elvin Hayes Jersey . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out todays trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates. Not Much Talking Steve Zipay of Newsday reports that the New York Rangers have yet to have concrete contract talks with their captain Ryan Callahan who will become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end. The article says many teams would be interested in the 28-year-old gritty and skilled forward if the Rangers dont spend enough to keep him in the Big Apple. A concern could be with Callahans health as hes racked up a number of various injuries over his career. No First-Rounders Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reports that Calgary Flames general manager Brian Burke sees no scenario in which he would give up his first round pick which will likely be a top-five lottery selection. "No — its not in play," said Burke to the Sun. ""Weve had no inquiries — people wait to see the draft sequence." Burke said hes looking for trade partners in the market right now, but hasnt received any offers that make sense in the long term. He thinks trade talk will pick up after the Olympic break. Dennis Wideman and David Jones are being shopped around according to the article. Austin Rivers Jersey . "For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper body injury," said general manager Doug Wilson in a statement. "Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem. Kenny Smith Jersey . After a 10-game skid, winning sure feels good. Atlantas third error in the last two innings allowed Jackie Bradley Jr.Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - A Top-25 matchup is on tap in the Big 12, as the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks and 11th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones collide on Saturday night at the Hilton Coliseum. Bill Selfs Jayhawks are in the midst of a gauntlet in their schedule, as they are going to play three straight ranked foes. The team opened the set with a 67-57 win over 24th-ranked Oklahoma State on Tuesday and will finish with a home date against 18th-ranked Oklahoma next week. Kansas is sitting at an impressive 14-2 on the year, with a 3-0 start to league play. The Jayhawks enter this contest on a five-game win streak. Fred Hoibergs Cyclones have been impressive in their own right. Iowa State is sporting a 12-3 overall record, which includes a 2-1 start to Big 12 play. The team is also in the midst of a tough run, with Kansas representing the third straight ranked opponent on the docket. The Cyclones opened the treacherous run with a 74-72 win over nationally-ranked West Virginia, but that was followed by a heart-breaking 74-73 setback at No. 22 Baylor on Wednesday. This marks the 236th all-time meeting in a series that dates all the way back to 1908. Kansas holds a 175-60 advantage and has won five of the last six and 18 of the last 20 meetings, overall. Iowa State won the last meeting though, a 93-84 decision in the semifinals of the 2014 Big 12 Tournament. Kansas didnt shoot the ball particularly well against Oklahoma State, connecting on just 37.2 percent from the floor, but the Jayhawks held the Cowboys to an even uglier 31.4-percent effort in posting a 10-point win. Kansas owned a huge edge in rebounding (43-26) and outscored OSU at the free- throw line, 32-22. Frank Mason III led Kansas in the win, just missing a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points to the cause. The Jayhawks arent putting up gauddy offensive numbers this season, but their modest numbers (70. Eddie Griffin Jersey. 9 ppg on .433 shooting) hold up thanks to strong defensive play. Kansas is limiting foes to just 62.8 ppg, on a mere .402 shooting, while maintaining a strong +7.1 rebounding margin. Mason is both the teams top scoring threat (12.4 ppg) and its primary distributor (4.3 apg). Perry Ellis provides frontcourt balance with 12.2 ppg and a team-high 6.4 rpg. Wayne Selden Jr. (9.0 ppg) and Cliff Alexander (8.2 ppg) give the team limited scoring depth. While Kansas has found success at the defensive end of the floor, Iowa State is offensive-minded. The Cyclones are one of the top scoring teams in the nation at 79.9 ppg and are getting it done at a highly-efficient .488 shooting. The 3-pointer is a huge weapon in the teams overall arsenal, averaging 8.0 treys per contest. ISU boasts of some of the best scoring depth in the Big 12, as all five starters are averaging double figures. Georges Niang leads the team with 14.9 ppg. Bryce Dejean-Jones is second at 12.9 ppg, followed by Naz Long (12.5 ppg), Dustin Hogue (11.3 ppg) and Monte Morris (10.1 ppg). Long is the teams resident sniper, shooting .426 from behind the arc with 43 3-pointers to his credit. His 2.9 treys per game is tied for first in the Big 12. Baylor took a huge lead into the intermission, leading 46-34 at the break, but Iowa State came battling back before falling by just a single-point to the Bears in Waco on Tuesday. After shooting just .385 from the floor in the first half, ISU delivered on a .533 clip in the second half. Long was a perfect 5- of-5 from long range and finished with 19 points. Dejean-Jones added 14 points, while Morris and Niang chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Morris had an impressive stat line in the loss, adding nine assists and seven rebounds to his scoring total. ' ' '
Canadian pairs and dance duos are at the top of their game early in the season at Skate Canada International. Jalen Lecque Jersey . World bronze medalists and Canadian pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford posted the highest total score of the season and won their first-ever Grand Prix gold at the recent Skate Canada International in Kelowna, B.C. Once again they challenged themselves this season by upping the ante technically, with the addition of a throw quadruple salchow. Only one team tried the risky throw in competition last year with no success and Meagan and Eric are one of only two teams that are likely to include it this year. Their strategy is unapologetically athletic and they are hoping that if they keep raising the technical bar higher and completing their elements well enough, the risk will produce big rewards and make them world title contenders along with the artistic Russian teams. Early in the season added technical risks tended to be their undoing as their dividends werent seemingly apparent until later on at Nationals and Worlds. This year, however, they have started out on fire and already look to be improving on last years World bronze win. In regard to their long program, I think this years routine is the perfect vehicle for them to showcase their athleticism while drawing in and engaging the audience in their performance. Canadian ice dancers were impressive in Kelowna, winning gold and silver. World silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won gold by a comfortable margin and received instant standing ovations. While they delivered a convincing win, coupled with crowd pleasing performances on home ice, their real test will come in December at the Grand Prix Final where they will face off against the worlds best. It was an impressive first outing but what matters now is where they take the material from here. Past seasons have shown us that they are tenacious in their pursuit of improvement and refinement, so stay tuned. Silver medalists in the dance, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier are off to a terrific start this season and made their eighth place finish at Worlds look like simply a stepping stone to bigger and better things this year. Their new material was well received and well rewarded, including that of their free dance, which I see as the best work they have done to date. Its inviting and easy to like while also showcases their innovative and superior skating quality. Results for Canadian skaters in the singles events were slightly subdued at Skate Canada due to the withdrawals of Kevin Reynolds, Elladge Balde and Kaetlyn Osmond due to injury. The big news for Canadians on the mens international stage is the emergence of 16-year-old Nam Nguyen on the Senior Grand Prix circuit. He shocked more seasoned competitors at Skate America, the season opener, with his bronze medal win. On his way to the bronze he defeated the current Olympic bronze medalist, Denis Ten and also finished ahead of U.S. Champion Jeremy Abbott with a flawless long program. What was most impressive was the fact that it was Nguyens senior Grand Prix debut and he managed to nail a quad salchow in the free skate. Coming into this season Nam was not a skater who the contenders would figure into the mix. Now hes got the top guys glancing sideways at him, knowing that with the newfound quad and the impressive technical scores he has put up in the free skate, he can surely be a fit to play spoiler at any upcoming event. Nguyen will compete at the Cup of China this weekend alongside his training mate, Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Japanese men have won the first two Grand Prix events and Yuzu has said hes hoping to ride the wave to gold at the Cup of China. As strong as the Japanese men are, its the Russian women who are dominating the ladies events this season. It is possible - in fact quite likely - that the Russian women could win all of the Grand Prixs and qualify four or five spots out of a total six spots at the final. Thats how deep their women are. With the National Champ on the sidelines, Canadian hopes in that event shift now to the national silver medalist Gabrielle Daleman who begins her quest this Grand Prix season in China. She is young, a capable jumper and a determined competitor who is looking to move from her 13th place finish at worlds. She will be up against a tough field so will need to be at the top of her game to be in contention. Suns Jerseys 2020 . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell. Frank Kaminsky Jersey . The 26-year-old Redditch, England, native played three of his past four seasons under Rennie with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League.HOUSTON -- Derek Jeter isnt sure who will be around him when the New York Yankees start 2014. The Houston Astros will be trying to snap a 15-game losing streak when they open the season. New York went into an off-season of uncertainty Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Astros, whose skid was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century. Mark Reynolds, one of the many players signed this year to fill holes created by injuries, hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning. "There a lot of ifs and questions and whos coming back and whos not coming back," Jeter said. "I have no idea. It would be unfair for me to even speculate." Mariano Rivera didnt pitch in the final game of a career that started in 1995, and Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were among the players unsure whether they had played their final games for the Yankees, who finished tied for third in the AL East at 85-77, 12 games behind division-winning Boston. Bothered by sore legs, Alex Rodriguez didnt get into the finale. The appeal of his 211-game drug suspension starts Monday. New York finished with its fewest wins in a non-strike season since 1992 and failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. Manager Joe Girardis contract is expiring, and he hasnt said whether he wants to come back for a seventh season. "I see it as a year where there are probably more areas to address than there have been in a long time," Girardi said. "So theres a lot to be done in the off-season." Same for the Astros. Houston (51-111) set a team record for defeats and had the most in the majors since Arizona lost the same amount in 2004. The Astros finished with the lengthiest season-ending losing streak since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders dropped their last 16, according to STATS. The Astros 324 losses over three years matched the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics for third most in major league history behind the 1962-64 New York Mets (340) and the 1963-65 Mets (332), according to STATS. Houston had two hits after the first inning and struck out 19 times. The Astros season total of 1,535 set a major league record, six more than the previous mark by Arizona in 2010, and Chris Carter finished with 212 after whiffing three times; only Reynolds (223 in 2009) and Adam Dunn (222 last year) have struck out more. "Its just a big learning experience for everybody," Carter said. "Its tough and tough for everybody around and its frustrating, but whatever it takes for us to get better and be competitive in the future, whatever it takes." Crippled by injuries to Jeter, their captain, along with Rodriguez, Granderson and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees never once put their envisioned starting lineup on the field in the same game. Alvan Adams Jersey . Teixeira was limited to 15 games, Jeter to 17 games, A-Rod to 44 and Granderson to 61. New York used a team-record 56 players. The Yankees put 21 players on the disabled list for a total of 28 stints, causing 1,493 missed days, STATS said. After the Yankees were eliminated from post-season on Wednesday, their final games turned into a tribute for Rivera, the 43-year-old career saves leader, and Andy Pettitte, the 41-year-old left-hander from suburban Deer Park. Rivera decided he wanted Thursday nights emotional Yankee Stadium finale to be his final game. He finished with 652 regular-season saves and apologized for not pitching in Houston this weekend. "Ive been ready for this moment," Rivera said. "Ive been happy with it, and move on." Pettitte went out with a five-hitter on Saturday, his first complete game in seven years, Granderson, who missed much of the season with a broken forearm and then a broken pinkie, hit a tying single in the eighth inning. Like Cano, he is eligible for free agency after the World Series. Cano didnt play Sunday, and the All-Star second baseman finished with a .314 average, 27 homers and 107 RBIs. With reports he is seeking a 10-year deal worth $305 million or more, the Yankees may not re-sign their most productive hitter -- especially if they want to get under next years luxury tax threshold of $189 million. As for the final game, Matt Daley (1-0) got the win. David Robertson, one of the possible replacements at closer for Rivera, pitched a perfect 14th. Reynolds led off the 14th with a homer off Lucas Harrell (6-17), Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double and J.R. Murphy a run-scoring single, giving New York a final three-game sweep in a season notable for failure and farewells. "There were memorable festivities, you know what Im saying?" Jeter said. "Andy and Mo, goes without saying how special that was. But on the field, it wasnt memorable." NOTES: Riveras final game drew a crowd of 40,542 at Minute Maid Park, putting the Astros final attendance at 1,656,443. Thats up slightly from last years total of 1,607,773, the lowest since Houston moved downtown in 2000. It was the second-biggest crowd of the season for Houston after opening day. ... Erik Bedard allowed three hits in seven shutout innings for Houston and struck out nine. Matt Dominguez had an RBI single in the first. ' ' '