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Els joins IMG to increase exposure after Open win

Els joins IMG to increase exposure after Open win

LONDON (AP) Ernie Els has changed management companies for the second time in little more than a year. The South African is joining IMG, trying to capitalize on his increased exposure since winning this year's British Open.

His portfolio includes charity work, golf-course design and wine businesses. He left Pros Inc. on Tuesday to become part of an IMG stable that already includes golf stars Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Jason Dufner.

Els says IMG ``really is best equipped to help me achieve everything I want to do on and off the course.'' Tiger Woods severed his longstanding association with IMG last year.

The 43-year-old Els won the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's in July for his fourth major title.

NBC Sports Regional Networks launches customized, team-focused ‘MyTeams by NBC Sports’ app

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NBC Sports Regional Networks launches customized, team-focused ‘MyTeams by NBC Sports’ app




STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 16, 2018 – NBC Sports Regional Networks today launched MyTeams by NBC Sports, a first-of-its-kind, team-focused mobile app that provides fans customized, all-in-one access to complete coverage of their favorite teams — highlighted by live-game streaming of their local teams.  MyTeams aggregates all multi-media content focused on the 25 NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams covered by NBC Sports Regional Networks. Starting now, fans anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

MyTeams’ innovative design features individual feeds for each team. Fans select their favorite team or teams, with no limit, in order of preference, to create a customized content offering that matches their passions, priorities and interests. MyTeams’ robust complement of live and on-demand video, podcasts and written content gives fans a single source to easily find, access and consume all of the coverage that matters most to them – including live games in the market where they subscribe, news, entertainment, analysis, commentary and more. The app’s user-friendly interface and creative presentation allow fans to navigate easily between all of their favorite teams.

MyTeams is highlighted by live coverage of NBA, NHL and MLB games produced by NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Northwest, NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Washington. Live streams of the networks’ pregame and postgame shows, including NFL programs, will also be available on MyTeams. Live-game coverage will automatically play at the top of the respective team pages when available to fans. Authenticated subscribers of the local NBC Sports Regional Network providing the coverage in their region will be able to watch complete live games and game day shows, as well as the network’s linear television channel, from anywhere in the U.S. at no additional cost.

MyTeams pages are available for six NFL teams, seven NBA teams, five NHL teams and seven MLB teams: The NFL’s Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins; NBA’s Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards; NHL’s Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals; MLB’s Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit


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Despite lack of production, Andre Burakovsky sees clear improvement in his game

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Despite lack of production, Andre Burakovsky sees clear improvement in his game

Five games into the season, there are only four Capitals players who have failed to record a point. Only one of those players has played in all five of the team’s games and that is Andre Burakovsky.

It is not exactly fair to call five games a “streak” but this is hardly the first time in his career Burakovsky has suffered an offensive drought.

This year, however, Burakovsky has a very different attitude than what we’ve seen from him in the past.

“I think I've been so far really positive about everything,” he told reporters after practice on Tuesday. “Obviously the only thing that's missing is finding the back of the net. I think I'm skating good, I'm doing the right things. The one thing I can probably do better is getting more opportunities to shoot the puck and take it to the net.”

Burakovsky, 23, has at times struggled with the mental aspect of playing professional hockey, especially his confidence. That has led to inconsistencies throughout his career.

In the past, he has always been very hard on himself for poor play. Suddenly a bad shift can become a bad game, a bad week, a bad streak and a bad month.

“I really was hard on myself and gave myself a really hard time,” Burakovsky said. “That's something I told myself I have to change this because I can't be as negative on myself when things aren't going my way. I have to just find a way to be positive about it and I think I've done that. I mean, I've been hearing from people that I've been way more positive around myself. Like before, I could always just be so mad at myself after games for three or four days. Now I'm just, every shift, have a bad shift, I'm just forgetting about it, looking for the next one.”

To help his mentality, Burakovsky worked with a sports psychologist over the summer back home in Sweden.

The results have not been evident on the scoresheet, but head coach Todd Reirden said he can definitely see a difference in the young winger’s play and confidence.

“I think he's getting some more consistency to his game,” Reirden said. “That being said, he hasn't been able to get on the scoresheet like he'd like to be. But I think he's limiting the number of chances against. For him, it used to be lots of chances for, lot of chances against at both ends and I think that right now he's becoming a little bit more well-rounded and in turn, maybe a little bit of the offensive game is sacrificing at this point, but it's a lot easier to do it this way than go the opposite way.”

The fact that Burakovsky is turning into a more well-rounded player is good, but someone with his level of offensive skill cannot simply afford to go without a point for too long. He needs to be able to find that production while also playing well without the puck.

No one is going to mistake Burakovsky for a shutdown forward.

But when talking to both the coach and player, there is no real sense of urgency yet. So as long as Burakovsky is playing well and staying positive, expect the offense to come.

“I think these five games, I think I had a tough one against Pittsburgh, but the rest have been pretty good,” Burakovsky said. “I've been feeling good my body and I'm just going to keep going and just kind of come out and shoot.”

“He is making the right decisions away from the puck, defending properly, helping our team that way and then having that be his basic foundation as a player,” Reirden said. “Then anything he can add offensively is obviously needed and something that will be focused on after we've gotten those areas squared away.”