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Celebrate the four-year anniversary of T.J. Oshie's 'Captain America' shootout moment at Sochi Olympics

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Celebrate the four-year anniversary of T.J. Oshie's 'Captain America' shootout moment at Sochi Olympics

There are a handful of Olympic memories that will always be etched in your mind.

One of those recent memories was when T.J. Oshie single-handedly defeated Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

That event was four years ago Thursday. The then-27-year-old Oshie was sent to the ice for an incredulous six times by United States head coach Dan Bylsma during the shootout period. In his first Olympics, round after round, the young American streaked back out on the ice to face Sergei Bobrovsky in between the pipes.

It was a moment that had fans at home drew comparisons to Kurt Russell’s performance as Herb Brooks in The Miracle.

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“Again.”

“Again.”

“Again.”

Oshie went first, fourth, and then four more times. Connecting on four of his six shootout attempts, the right winger prevailed in the eighth round after a miss from Evgeni Malkin.

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Billed as a rematch for Russia, hosting the U.S. team at the Olympics for the first time since the Miracle on Ice, the American squad prevailed once again. It wasn't quite as big as an upset as the win in Lake Placid, but it was a game that meant so much culturally on both sides of the ice.

It was only a preliminary round match but nevertheless, it was another United States win over Russia. Winning 3-2, it helped the Americans win the pool to advance to the tournament. Unlike in 1980, the U.S. Men’s Hockey team would not go on to medal; they lost in the bronze medal game.

This same athletic marvel is something that cannot be accomplished in NHL play. During international hockey, the coaches are allowed to re-use players after the first three rounds in the shootout. In the NHL, teams are not allowed to re-use a player until all eligible players have attempted a shot.

This year Oshie, 31, is at home with his fellow Washington Capital teammates after the NHL decided to not partake in this year’s Olympiad. Perhaps 2014 in Sochi will be the last time we see him dawn the red, white, and blue during Olympic competition.

But in the one (or six) chances, he gave the United States their second most memorable moment of the Winter Olympics.  

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Redskins mock draft round-up: Defensive focus on Vita Vea and Da'Ron Payne

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Redskins mock draft round-up: Defensive focus on Vita Vea and Da'Ron Payne

This year’s draft, just like every season, is circling around the quarterback position.

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For the Washington Redskins though, they have their field general. With the newly acquired Alex Smith already reportedly agreeing to a four-year extension with Washington, there is no need to take a quarterback with an early round pick.

Following the Super Bowl, the draft order is now officially set. Our own Ben Standig has since released his first mock draft projection that includes the first and second round. In this mock, the Redskins have both the No. 13 overall pick and No. 44 overall pick, and no worries he does not have any trades lined up. Overall, he does agree that there are greater concerns for Washington, but the talent available may be too good to pass up on.

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Here is Standig's prediction for NBC Sports Washington:

No. 13: Vita Vea, NT (Washington)

Analysis: Never say never, but we can eliminate quarterback from the round one discussion, right? Adding an inside linebacker would help if Zach Brown does not return.

There are also receiver concerns, but they won't spend another first rounder on one, right?

This defense lacks a true nose tackle and could certainly use more push up front to go with 2017 first rounder Jonathan Allen.

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No. 44: Sony Michel, RB (Georgia)

Analysis: Gut instinct says the Redskins stick with the backfield trio of Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and Robert Kelley.

Even if they add a running back, the later rounds make more sense considering the needs elsewhere.

However, Michel's playmaking ability (7.9 yards per carry) is all kinds of tempting. The 5'11, 215-pounder with three-down potential exploded in the Rose Bowl with 181 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma.

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Here is what everyone else is saying:

CBS Sports' mock draft: 1st Round: Tremaine Edmunds, ILB (Virginia Tech)

They have two analysts’ predictions but one’s last mock draft was done 19 days ago, before the Super Bowl and before the Alex Smith trade. His mock draft is ignored for the time being. Looking at Chris Trapasso’s mock, he has the Redskins staying on defense and going with a local talent. Edmunds had 108 tackles in the 2017 season to go with six sacks, both ranking in the top ten in the ACC.

2nd Round: N/A

Rotoworld’s mock draft: 1st Round: Da’Ron Payne, DL (Alabama)

On defense, there is no surprise that the Redskins need help up front, at the very least they need some depth. Rotoworld has the Redskins going with a defensive lineman from Alabama for the second year in a row. Of note, he is the defensive player that caught a pass for a touchdown in the College Football Semi-final.

2nd Round: N/A

Bleacher Report’s mock draft: Da’Ron Payne, DL (Alabama)

Another analyst is down on Payne from Alabama. His analysis points out all of the same things that Rotoworld did and the benefits of an Alabama defensive stud. The mock draft creator, Matt Miller, points out that it rather difficult to guess what the Redskins’ front office plans to do, but this is the smartest move in his opinion.

2nd Round: N/A

Sporting News’ mock draft: Roquan Smith, ILB (Georgia)

For the clean sweep of defensive players in the first round, Eric Galko went with another SEC defensive player. The difference with Roquan Smith is that he can be a playmaker that Washington has been looking for over the past several years. However, many mocks are projecting Smith not being available past the top ten. 

2nd Round: N/A

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NBA Trade Deadline moves morph Cavaliers roster into entirely new team

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NBA Trade Deadline moves morph Cavaliers roster into entirely new team

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped a bombshell(s) at the 2018 NBA Trade deadline.

Sending away five players and bringing in four new ones, the Cavaliers obviously felt that the current team was not going to compete for an NBA Championship.

In many ways, Cleveland improved and set themselves up for a better future with or without LeBron James.

A cost though was sending nearly everyone that they obtained in the off-season away at this deadline. Isaiah Thomas, who was injured for the first half of the year had not meshed with James and also was caused a stir in the locker room with Kevin Love.

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To make a decision more enticing for the Cavaliers, Thomas’ contract was expiring at the end of the season and was going to be an unrestricted free agent.

Those are just a few of the reasons that Cleveland sent Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers. In return, the Cavaliers got younger with two 25-year-olds, guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.

That was just the beginning of a crazy day for basketball in the city of Cleveland.

CAVALIERS TRADE DEADLINE ACQUISITIONS:
Rodney Hood (from Utah in three-way trade)
George Hill (from Sacramento in three-way trade)
Jordan Clarkson (from LA Lakers)
Larry Nance Jr. (from LA Lakers)
Future second-round pick

CAVALIERS TRADE DEADLINE MOVES:
Isaiah Thomas (to LA Lakers)
Channing Frye (to LA Lakers)
Dwyane Wade (to Miami)
Jae Crowder (to Utah)
Derrick Rose (to Utah)
Iman Shumpert (to Sacramento)
2018 First round pick (to LA Lakers)

Once again the Cavaliers’ front office is doing everything that they can to not only get back to the NBA Finals but beat Golden State.    

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Here is what their roster was BEFORE their buzzer-beating win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night: 

CAVALIERS ROSTER AS OF WEDNESDAY 2/7/18:

Starters:
Isaiah Thomas
JR Smith
LeBron James
Jae Crowder
Kevin Love

Bench:
Jeff Green
Dwyane Wade
Kyle Korver
Tristian Thompson
Cedi Osman
Jose Calderon
Channing Frye
Derrick Rose
Iman Shumpert

John Holland
Ante Zizic
London Perrantes

Here is the Cavaliers' roster AFTER the trade deadline:

CAVALIERS ROSTER AS OF THURSDAY 2/8/18

Starters:
George Hill
JR Smith
LeBron James
Kevin Love
Tristian Thompson

Bench:
Rodney Hood
Jordan Clarkson

Kyle Korver
Larry Nance Jr.
Jeff Green
Cedi Osman
Jose Calderon
John Holland
Ante Zizic
London Perrantes