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McCarthy sits out 3rd practice, Titans may rest LB

McCarthy sits out 3rd practice, Titans may rest LB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy remains in a walking boot and will be evaluated Saturday to determine if he can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills on his sprained right ankle.

Though McCarthy is improving, coach Mike Munchak said Friday the Titans decided not to risk aggravating the linebacker's high ankle sprain so they held him out of practice.

``We just thought it was smarter not to irritate it at all and let him rest, kind of like what we did in the past with him,'' Munchak said.

``He feels better every day, but to come out here and get 10 snaps in individual, we really didn't think it was worth it to put him through that. Each day he's gotten better. We thought it would be better not to irritate it and evaluate him'' Saturday.

The Titans (2-4) have to decide whether or not to rest McCarthy, who missed three games earlier this season after originally hurting his ankle in the season opener.

McCarthy said Monday this injury could linger all season long if he continues to play on it.

``I've never had a high ankle (before), so I don't know what to expect,'' McCarthy said. ``It doesn't get healthy. It's something nagging for the rest of the season, I'm expecting. So I'll just have to deal with it.''

Munchak said they could try resting McCarthy to give his ankle time to improve more.

``That's what our thinking would be if we went that way. We'll be smart,'' Munchak said. ``We need him in a big way, and 60 percent or not quite right every week isn't a good thing either. ``

Tennessee's defense has struggled this season ranking 28th overall with McCarthy in and out of the lineup. He's a defensive captain who helps line his teammates up even though he's just in his second season.

``You can see the attitude he brings to the defense,'' Bills coach Chan Gailey said of McCarthy. ``He is hustling all the time and he tries to hit everything that is moving or touching the ball. He is really a go-getter type of player. Really a head hunter out and plays that Mike backer for them extremely well.''

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey practiced Friday and is questionable with a shoulder injury. Offensive tackle Mike Otto practiced with his knee injury and is also questionable. Linebacker Patrick Bailey (hand) is probable, while quarterback Jake Locker (left shoulder), running back Javon Ringer (left knee) and cornerback Tommie Campbell (left ankle) are out.

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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!

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