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Extra time to make roster moves

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Extra time to make roster moves

The Ravens only are going to admit but so much when it comes to making midseason acquisitions. With season-ending injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb, they have to do something because there aren't many options on the practice squad.

Coach John Harbaugh admitted as much when asked about adding a cornerback, though he was careful to avoid specifics.

"You always need more corners. We need more of everything," Harbaugh said. "We'll have to decide where we feel we mostly need another guy. … The most important thing is going to be getting the best player in here that we can."

There aren't any cornerbacks on the eight-man practice squad. Rookie Omar Brown is a safety as is Anthony Levine. There are two linebackers among the group in Josh Bynes and Adrian Hamilton. The Ravens put Webb on injured reserve on Tuesday and moved rookie running back Bobby Rainey from the practice squad to the active roster.

The Ravens released cornerback Danny Gorrer, who initially made the final cut for the 53-man roster, a week before the season opener to make room for safety James Ihedigbo, who was acquired when he was released by the New England Patriots.

Gorrer was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, where he is a third-string corner.

The Ravens nabbed Cary Williams, now a starting cornerback with a team-high three interceptions, from the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans three years ago.

Practice squad players around the NFL at cornerback and linebacker:

Bears: CB Isaiah Frey, LB Patrick Trahan
Bengals: CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Emmanuel Lamur
Bills: DB T.J. Heath, DB Mana Silva
Broncos: LB Mike Mohamed
Browns: None
Bucs: CB LeQuan Lewis
Cardinals: CB Greg McCoy, LB Zack Nash, LB Colin Parker
Chargers: CB Greg Gatson
Chiefs: DB Neiko Thorpe
Colts: LB D.J. Bryant, CB Isaiah Green, CB Marshay Green
Cowboys: CB Mario Butler
Dolphins: None
Eagles: LB Ryan Rau
Falcons: CB Peyton Thompson
Giants: CB Terrence Frederick, DB Laron Scott
Jaguars: CB Antonio Dennard, LB Jerrell Harris
Jets: LB Marcus Dowtin, LB Ricky Sapp, DB Darrin Walls
Lions: CB Conroy Black, LB Carmen Messina, CB Lionel Smith
Niners: LB Cam Johnson, LB Michael Wilhoite
Packers: CB James Nixon
Panthers: CB Ron Parker
Patriots: LB Jeff Tarpinian, DB Malcolm Williams
Raiders: LB Kaelin Burnett, CB Chimdi Chekwa, DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
Rams: LB Sammy Brown, DB Quinton Pointer
Redskins: LB Darryl Gamble
Saints: LB Ezra Butler, CB Nick Hixson
Seahawks: CB DeShawn Shead, LB Allen Bradford
Steelers: CB Josh Victorian, LB Marshall McFadden
Titans: DB Tracy Wilson
Texans: LB Cameron Collins, LB Delano Johnson
Vikings: CB Bobby Felder

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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