Sharks' Couture day to day with lower-body injury


Sharks' Couture day to day with lower-body injury


SAN JOSE (AP) San Jose Sharks rookie Logan Couture sat out practice Monday after leaving the previous game following a hard fall into the boards, but is relieved his injury is not nearly as serious as he originally feared.Couture left Saturday's game against St. Louis early in the second period. He slammed hard into the boards and appeared to hurt his right leg. He had to be helped off the ice by teammates and is listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.
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"It was scary," he said. "I went in there and tried to stop. I don't even know if anyone touched me. The way my leg went in, it didn't feel very good. I wanted to get up. I was trying to but the ref came over and said to stay down. There wasn't much feeling in my leg. As soon as I got off the ice it started to feel better. I was able to put pressure on it. It wasn't as bad as it looked."Couture said he is feeling much better than he thought he would two days after the injury and hoped to be back on the ice to practice on Tuesday. He did not rule out playing Wednesday night against Calgary, although the Sharks may be hesitant to rush him back with the start of the playoffs just over three weeks away."I don't like sitting out games," he said. "If I'm healthy. I want to play. That's how I am. I've sat out enough games in my junior career and last year a bit and a couple of games this year. It's not fun. I want to be back on the ice."
REWIND: Sharks' Couture leaves game with leg injuryCouture has been one of San Jose's most consistent players all season and one of the leading contenders to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Couture is second on the team with 27 goals, the most ever by a rookie in franchise history, to go along with 21 assists. He is also tied for the team lead with a plus-15 rating as he has been strong on both ends of the ice.His eight game-winning goals are two off Alex Ovechkin's league-leading total and one shy of the rookie record set by Steve Larmer in 1982-83 for Chicago."He's a big part of our team, as is everybody," said assistant coach Trent Yawney, who ran practice with head coach Todd McLellan traveling back from his brother-in-law's funeral in Saskatchewan. "You don't want to be losing guys at this time of year. It's encouraging. I'm glad to hear he is feeling better."Couture's injury happened at almost the same spot on the ice where All-Star defenseman Dan Boyle took an awkward fall the previous game. That also initially looked worse than it was, with Boyle thinking his season might be over when he first hit the ice. Instead, he was back on the ice just minutes later.The Sharks did get two players back to the ice, with forward Scott Nichol practicing with the team for the first time since he was injured Feb. 19 against Colorado and defenseman Niclas Wallin back on the ice for the first time since he took a hard hit from Dallas' Jamie Langenbrunner last Tuesday.Yawney said it was unlikely either player would be able to play Wednesday against the Flames."I don't know what our timetable is," Nichol said. "We didn't take any contact or anything, just a little bit of pushing. Baby steps. We had white glove treatment on me. We'll see how it goes in the next week or so."After a lackluster start to the season, the Sharks are in good position heading into the stretch run. They lead the Pacific Division by three points over Phoenix and are third overall in the Western Conference with less than three weeks to go in the regular season.But after hosting Calgary on Wednesday night, San Jose plays its final eight games against Pacific Division rivals. All five teams in the Pacific are in the top nine in the conference, with the Sharks just seven points ahead of last-place Dallas."You look at that three through eight and that can really change the next two weeks," said forward Dany Heatley, who will return Wednesday from a two-game suspension. "You want to have the highest seed as possible obviously for home ice and things like that. As far as who your matchup is going to be, it's going to be a tough series no matter who it is. These last nine games are going to mean a lot."

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.