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Manningham, Gronkowski out of 49ers-Pats game

Manningham, Gronkowski out of 49ers-Pats game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham is inactive for Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots.

Manningham, whose 38-yard catch helped set up the New York Giants decisive, last-minute touchdown in their 21-17 win over the Patriots in last season's Super Bowl, missed his second game with an injured right shoulder. He signed a two-year contract with the 49ers in the offseason.

For the Patriots, tight end Rob Gronkowski was inactive for the fourth game with a broken left forearm despite returning to practice on Friday.

Also inactive for New England were safety Derrick Martin, linebacker Tracy White, offensive lineman Marcus Zusevics and defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace.

Missing the game for San Francisco were linebacker Tavares Gooden, safety Trenton Robinson, running back Jewel Hampton, guard Joe Looney and nose tackle Ian Williams.

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Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

On June 4, 1998, Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Juneau attacked the crease and shot in a rebound past a helpless Dominik Hasek in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and win the Eastern Conference.

That goal sent the Capitals to its first and, before 2018, only Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin’s name was already etched in the history books for the Capitals several times over, but on Wednesday he added it again with the biggest goal of his career. His goal in Game 7 stood as the game-winner meaning it was the goal that sent the Capitals to their second Cup Final.

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It did not come in overtime and was not quite as dramatic as Juneau’s. In fact, no one knew the significance of the goal at the time. It came just 62 seconds into the contest. It was a significant goal, but no one realized right away that it would be an historic one.

How fitting is it that Ovechkin scored the game-winner? Ovechkin who this team was built around, who reignited the franchise and built Washington into a hockey city. After all the criticism over the years, all the talk about how he can’t win, all talk about how the team should take away the C and all the talk about how the Caps should trade him and start over, this goal was not just a moment of history, but one of vindication.

When we look back on Ovechkin’s career, at all the individual awards and accomplishments, this one single goal will stand above the rest. This was the biggest game of his career and he scored the biggest goal of his career just 62 seconds in.

There’s one way he can top that: lead the Caps past Vegas for their first Stanley Cup.

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5.24.18: Rick Horrow talks with Andy Bush, EVP Global Events Octagon Worldwide

Sports professor Rick Horrow talks with Andy Bush, EVP Global Events at Octagon Worldwide and wraps around the world of sports business for this week.

By Rick Horrow

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