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Jets' Ryan: Dolphins' Bush should say sorry

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Jets' Ryan: Dolphins' Bush should say sorry

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Rex Ryan already said he's sorry. He thinks it's about time Reggie Bush did, too.

The New York Jets coach is still bothered by the Miami Dolphins running back's comments a few weeks ago that Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury was a case of ``what goes around comes around.''

``I apologized for my comment,'' Ryan said Wednesday. ``I expect him to do the same.''

Ryan drew the ire of the Dolphins star when the coach said the Jets were going to put ``hot sauce'' - saying he meant lots of attention, not intent to injure - on Bush before New York's 23-20 overtime win last month. Bush hurt his left knee in the game on a hit by LaRon Landry, and later implied it was karma that Revis also hurt his knee and was lost for the season.

Bush told reporters in Miami that he wasn't concerned that the Jets might try to get him back Sunday when the teams meet at MetLife Stadium.

``Retaliation? They're the ones who started this,'' Bush said. ``If there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us. But this team and the caliber of guys and the character we have are guys who play with respect for the game and play hard. It's football. I didn't go and complain or whine about being a target of the Jets. I expect that every game. I don't expect for it to be any different this game. I expect it to be a tough game, probably some trash talking going on. It's going to be a physical, tough game.

``It's a divisional opponent. That's the great thing about playing divisional opponents. You get to play them twice. It'll be fun this time around.''

Landry was told of Bush's comments, and said he didn't want to add to a war of words - but then added fuel to the fire.

``When guys yap back and forth, obviously you've done a great job,'' Landry said. ``No matter if it was a bonehead play or whatever, I mean, you got to them in some type of way that they had to speak on it. I don't really get into all that and the Twitter and everything. We'll see on Sunday.

``I'm grateful for another opportunity to play this guy, and he will remember that hit. Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit. If I'm in the box or I'm coming downhill, whatever, he will remember that hit. I don't worry about what those guys say.''

Landry, known for his physical and aggressive style of tackling, says it's clear when a team has gotten into an opposing player's head. And, he thinks, Bush will be the perfect example of that.

``Just watch the way he runs,'' Landry said. ``We'll see when he comes out here this Sunday. I don't want to say too much and I'm not going to overtalk it and make a story.''

Ryan said after the teams last played on Sept. 23 that his ``hot sauce'' comment was misinterpreted and he never coaches to hurt another player. Linebacker Calvin Pace raised some eyebrows, though, saying the Jets planned to ``put him on out,'' but later apologized and insisted there was no ``bounty'' on Bush or anything malicious meant by his comment.

Bush, whose injury wasn't serious, was angry, though, saying during a radio interview: ``They talked all week about putting hot sauce and this and that, and they ended up losing their best player for the rest of the season. So, it's sad that it happened because of that, but I'm going to be back.''

Revis had surgery last week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and hopes to be back in time for training camp next summer.

Ryan said he wasn't worried about Miami retaliating, either, and again reiterated that his comments were taken out of context.

``I never said we were trying to injure Reggie Bush, that's not even close,'' Ryan said. ``He's going to get our attention. I'm sorry, but he's a player that's going to warrant a lot of attention and that's what I meant by my comments. If it was taken differently, I apologized for that. But trust me, we know when he's in the game.''

Ryan added that he respects Bush's abilities and ``that's bad for football'' when any player of his caliber is injured for any period of time.

``This game is great because of the players and talent, and that's what I mean,'' Ryan said. ``If Reggie thinks about it, you want Darrelle playing in this league.''

Despite what Ryan said, Bush has his doubts as to the sincerity of the coach's remarks when he says he doesn't want the running back injured.

``I don't believe that at all,'' he said.

Ryan added that he doesn't necessarily expect Bush to apologize to him, but perhaps he should say sorry to Revis at some point.

``I'm sure he kind of got caught up in the moment,'' Ryan said. ``He was injured. I mean, obviously, no one likes to get hurt. And that certainly wasn't my intention and I hope he understands. But he doesn't have to ever say anything to me, or even reach out to Revis.

``But I would expect him to, for the simple fact that that's his peer. That's one of the elite players in this league.''

Landry has been hit with a few personal foul penalties and has worked to be smarter with his approach. He has also been accused at times of perhaps hitting too low, and was asked if he has ever personally heard from running backs about that.

``I don't care,'' he said. ``It doesn't matter. I'm trying to win a ballgame.''

And, he certainly isn't going to change his approach.

``If I get penalized, I'm not going to stop head hunting,'' Landry said. ``I'm not going to stop the way I play. That's just my mentality, it's just my personality. That's my makeup.''

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NOTES: Ryan called Sunday's game ``critical'' and ``huge,'' but Landry took it a step further: ``This game is a must win,'' the safety said. ``We can sweep those guys and also go into the bye 4-4. That's what we're striving to do and that's what we will do.'' ... RB-KR Joe McKnight is still dealing with a sprained left ankle that had him questionable up until shortly before kickoff against Indianapolis. He ended up playing, and insists he'll be good to go against Miami despite not practicing Wednesday. ``If (Mike) Westhoff can beat his leg cancer, I can play through a little ankle sprain,'' he said, referring to the Jets' special teams coach. Westhoff had a malignant tumor found in his left leg in 1988, and has needed several operations on it since.

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Davie, Fla., contributed to this report.

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5 reasons the Caps beat the Lightning in Game 6

5 reasons the Caps beat the Lightning in Game 6

After losing three straight, the Capitals battled back in Game 6 on Monday. With their 3-0 win, Washington forced the Eastern Conference Final into a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday.

Here is how the Caps did it.

1. Braden Holtby matched Andrei Vasilevskiy save for save

Andrei Vasilevskiy was just as great in this game as he was in the three previous, but one of the major differences in this one was that Holtby was just as good. He may not have been tested as much (Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, Holtby 24), but he was big when the team needed.

In the second period with the scored tied at 0, Holtby made one of the most critical saves perhaps of the entire season when he denied Anthony Cirelli with the toe on a 2-on-1. When the Caps took the lead, Holtby really shut the door in the third period with 10 saves to cap off what was his fifth career playoff shutout and first shutout of the entire season.

2. T.J. Oshie’s timely goal

Over halfway into the game, it looked like it was just going to be one of those nights. Caps fans know it well by now. Washington outplays their opponent, they get chance after chance and develop a whopping advantage in shots, but they run into a hot goalie and a random play suddenly turns into a goal for the other team, game and season over.

Vasilevskiy was on his way to having perhaps his best performance of the series. Considering how he played in the three games prior to Game 6, that’s saying something. The Caps were doing everything right, but he continued to make save after save. Then on the power play in the second period, John Carlson struck the inside of the post, the horn went off and the roar of the crowd gave way to dismay as the referee waved his arms to indicate there was no goal and play continued. Just seconds later, T.J. Oshie gave the Caps the 1-0 lead.

You have to wonder if doubt was starting to creep into the back of the minds of the players when that puck struck the post as they wondered what else they had to do to beat Vasilevskiy. Luckily, that feeling didn’t last long.

3. Special teams

Braydon Coburn’s tripping penalty in the second period gave Washington its only power play of the night and its first since the second period of Game 4. They had to make it count given how well Vasilveskiy was playing and they did.

Washington now has a power play goal in each of their three wins against the Lightning and no power play goals in their three losses. So yeah, it’s significant.

Tampa Bay had two opportunities of their own, but Washington managed to kill off both power plays in the penalty kill’s best performance of the series.

4. Washington’s physical game plan

On paper, the Lightning are better than the Caps in most categories. One area in which Washington has the edge, however, is physical play and it was clear very early that they intended to use that to their advantage in Game 6. Tampa Bay was pushed around and they seemed to struggle to recover.

Ovechkin was a one-man wrecking ball out there hitting everything that moved. The energy he brought with every hit was palpable and both the team and the crowd fed on it.

Washington was credited with 39 hits on the night compared to Tampa Bay’s 19. Ovechkin had four of those as did Nicklas Backstrom while Devante Smith-Pelly contributed five and Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik each led the team with six.

5. Fourth line dagger

Tampa Bay’s fourth line was the story of Game 5, but Washington’s fourth line sealed the deal on Monday with its third period goal.

Chandler Stephenson beat out an icing call, forcing Braydon Coburn to play the puck along the wall. Jay Beagle picked it up, fed back to Stephenson who backhanded a pass for the perfect setup for Devante Smith-Pelly.

Smith-Pelly scored seven goals in the regular season. He now has four in the playoffs.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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