Sharks notebook: Niemi making 32nd straight start


Sharks notebook: Niemi making 32nd straight start


It was a mandatory practice for the Sharks this morning, and it was a little longer than normal, most likely since the team has not played a game in four days.Here are the line combinations as they rushed in practice:
Setoguchi Thornton Marleau
Heatley Couture Clowe
Wellwood Pavelski Mitchell
Mayers Desjardins Eager
Boyle Murray
Vlasic Demers
Wallin White
Antti Niemi will make his 32nd consecutive start in net; the franchise record stands at 43 by Evgeni Nabokov.The Sharks will clinch a playoff berth tonight with a regulation win over Dallas.Scott Nichol practiced with the team, but will not be available in tonights contest. Todd McLellan says he is hopeful Nichol will return by the end of the season, but most of that depends on "mother nature." Kent Huskins skated separately from the team, after practice. McLellan said Nichol is closer to returning than Huskins is.
A lot of talk around the matchup with Dallas, especially considering the last two times these teams have met. The Stars visited San Jose March 5, in a game where Steve Ott played antagonist to many of the Shark players. That was a contest in which Jason Demers went to take a swing at Ott, but missed, and struck the linesman.The most recent meeting came in Dallas. In that game, Dany Heatley took a penalty, and served a two-game suspension for elbowing Ott. Heatley said it was in the chest, but the league felt it was in the head. Regardless, you can see the bad blood between these two teams. Some of the Shark players told me this morning that its a clean slate, but others said they wouldnt be surprised to see some carryover.Topics we will cover tonight on Sharks Pregame Live:- How do the Sharks best treat an antagonist like Steve Ott? And will the contest be chippy right from the start?- What players are saying about the potential to clinch a playoff berth tonight.

Raiders sign talented but troubled ex-Panthers cornerback


Raiders sign talented but troubled ex-Panthers cornerback

The Raiders signed cornerback Daryl Worley on Monday afternoon, in a move that adds talent and starting experience to the position group.

Worley also comes with baggage. The Philadelphia Eagles released him on April 15 following an incident near the team facility where he was reportedly arrested on suspicion of DUI and was tased by police after becoming confrontational. He was arrested after being found passed out in a vehicle blocking a highway.

He has been charged with six offenses, including DUI, resisting arrest and weapons charges. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 1.

The Eagles let Worley go just weeks after acquiring him in trade from Carolina for receiver Torrey Smith. 

The 23-year old has been a solid player in two seasons since being selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. He has 25 starts to his credit, with 152 tackles, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed in 31 games played.

The West Virginia alum – he played with Karl Joseph in the Mountaineers secondary – could feature prominently among the Raiders top three cornerbacks alongside Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin.

Leon Hall and Shareece Wright highlight the team’s backup options.

Worley’s regular-season availability could be in jeopardy. He could face punishment from the NFL in addition to criminal charges. The league could suspend him if found in violation of the league’s substance abuse or personal conduct policies. Time will tell if the league levies punitive action.

This signing should not eliminate the prospect of taking a defensive back high in this NFL draft. Denzel Ward and Minkah Fitzpatrick are considered options at No. 10 overall.

Lynch: If charges are proven true, Reuben Foster 'won't be part of our organization'

Lynch: If charges are proven true, Reuben Foster 'won't be part of our organization'

Despite facing three felony charges for domestic violence, linebacker Reuben Foster is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

While Foster won't participate in the team's offseason program, he hasn't been cut.

On Monday, 49ers GM John Lynch addressed Foster's future with the team while talking to the media in Santa Clara.

"I do have a couple of thoughts in speaking for our organization and speaking for Jed and speaking for Kyle and speaking for the York family. As you all know and as our release indicated, we take the gravity of these has not been lost on us. We take it extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now, that we are going to learn things through this legal process. But I do want to be clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won't be part of our organization going forward. That's the standard we want on our team, that's the standard we are going to operate under," Lynch said.