Ex-Shark Nichol signs with St. Louis


Ex-Shark Nichol signs with St. Louis


Free agent Scott Nichol has signed with the Blues, the team announced Tuesday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the deal is a one-year, 600,000 contract with a potential 100,000 in bonuses.

The 36-year-old Nichol spent two seasons with the Sharks, dressing in 56 games last year and picking up four goals and three assists. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound center is an 11-year NHL veteran with 52 career goals and 66 assists.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson notified Nichol in June that the team would not seek to retain him. Nichol became a restricted free agent on July 1.

"Scotty, he epitomizes everything about this game," Wilson said at the time. "Paid his dues in the minors. He works hard, he's a professional. We have a lot of depth down the middle. I wanted to tell him up front that we were going in a different direction.

"We've got (Andrew) Desjardins, who came in and played in the playoffs, is a very similar type player, who paid his dues. I've already called a couple teams on (Nichol's) behalf."

In his San Jose career, Nichol appeared in 135 games with eight goals, 18 assists and 26 points.

Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl


Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He became eligible once New England qualified for the Super Bowl and Tom Brady was out of the running for next week’s NFL all-star game in Orlando.

Carr was the next alternate up, and accepted the invitation to represent the Silver and Black. Khalil Mack, Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn were named to the original roster, though Penn has bowed out with injury.

Carr will join his teammates in Florida for game-week festivities, followed by the inter-conference clash on Sunday at noon at Camping World Stadium. The game can be seen on ABC.

He joins Rich Gannon and Ken Stabler as Raiders quarterbacks with at least three Pro Bowl selections. Carr had a down year relative to his previous two, but still posted standout numbers. He had 3,496 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.

The Raiders finished a disappointing 6-10, and head coach Jack Del Rio was fired in favor of Jon Gruden.

“It was not the year we wanted, but to still be recognized by you, Raider Nation and fans everywhere, and the players and coaches you go against is an extremely high honor I will always be thankful for!” Carr wrote in a note posted on Twitter. “Although I am extremely blessed to be thought of in such a way by my peers, I understand there is more work to do. There is more to achieve and more to accomplish and I will now ret until we get there, Raider Nation!”

A hypnotized Nick Young dances with puppet at JaVale's birthday party


A hypnotized Nick Young dances with puppet at JaVale's birthday party

JaVale McGee turned 30 years old last Friday.

The Warriors were out of town, so the birthday party was on Sunday night.

And there were some epic moments indeed.

TMZ obtained video of a hypnotized Nick Young dancing with a puppet (click here to watch).

Young proceeds to kiss the puppet.

He then moonwalks to some Michael Jackson.

From scoring 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday night, to this.

You stay you, Swagy P.

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