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New Jets GM Idzik calls Revis to explain situation

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New Jets GM Idzik calls Revis to explain situation

NEW YORK (AP) John Idzik was in full damage control mode in his first day at the New York Jets' facility.

The newly hired general manager reached out to Darrelle Revis on Thursday, a few hours after the star cornerback wrote on Twitter that he was ``speechless'' about rampant trade rumors.

Idzik told NBC's Pro Football Talk on Friday that Revis ``reacted well'' to the phone call, which came after the GM, owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan were non-committal about the cornerback's future with the team. Revis expressed his frustration on Twitter, prompting the call from Idzik, introduced as the replacement for the fired Mike Tannenbaum hours earlier.

``We haven't taken that first step, and that's what I relayed to Darrelle,'' Idzik told Pro Football Talk.

Revis, recovering from a major knee injury, is expected to draw plenty of interest on the trade market.

``I made sure he knew exactly where we were coming from and that this is my first day on the job,'' Idzik said, ``and our message to everyone was, `Give us a chance to get to know each other and introduce ourselves to each other.'''

A published report Wednesday night said Johnson, concerned that the Jets won't be able to re-sign Revis next year, wants to explore trade options rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent next winter. Revis' contract voids after the 2013 season, and he is expected to ask for around $16 million a year.

Johnson would neither confirm nor deny that the report was true, adding that he didn't know where it came from. Idzik and Ryan, who has repeatedly called Revis one of the best players he has ever coached, were also non-committal about the player's future.

``I'm not going to get into any of those specifics right now,'' Ryan said. ``I think, let's let the process run its course and I'm confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes), will be without question in the best interest of this football team.''

Revis missed most of this past season with a torn ligament in his left knee, but Johnson said Thursday that it appears the cornerback's rehabilitation is going as planned.

``I saw Darrelle the other day and if you looked at Darrelle, I think he's going to come back and be 100 percent,'' Johnson said. ``I don't think there's any question.''

An issue in dealing Revis will be whether the Jets would be able to get what they deem is fair value for him. Whether that means getting multiple draft picks, including at least a first-rounder, is uncertain, but Revis' injury situation might hinder that a bit. Still, CBSSports.com reported Friday that several teams are ``highly interested'' in trading for Revis.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie told NFL.com Friday that the team ``can't lose a guy like (Revis).'' Cromartie stepped up, though, in Revis' absence and established himself as a No. 1-type cornerback - which could help soften the blow if the Jets deal Revis.

``He's a great leader in the locker room and also in our DB room, making sure that guys are accountable for each other,'' Cromartie told NFL.com. ``To lose a guy like that would be huge. And even though he's coming off the surgery, I believe he'll come back as strong as ever.''

Notes: Cromartie also weighed in on struggling QB Mark Sanchez, saying he wasn't the sole reason for the Jets' 6-10 season. ``We have confidence in Mark,'' Cromartie said from Hawaii after practice for the Pro Bowl. ``Like I've always said, even with the whole (Tim) Tebow thing, if we're going to sign Mark to a three-year extension, we need to make sure we put guys around him.'' Cromartie indicated that that wasn't the case for Sanchez, who was benched late in the season. ``When you don't have a supporting cast around him, you're going to get an average or below-average quarterback,'' Cromartie said. ``That's what we got.''

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The Stanley Cup Final is set and the Capitals will hand the Stanley Cup off to Boston or St. Louis

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The Stanley Cup Final is set and the Capitals will hand the Stanley Cup off to Boston or St. Louis

With the St. Louis Blues’ victory on Tuesday, the Stanley Cup Final has officially been set. The Blues will face the Boston Bruins as both teams will battle to supplant the Capitals as the Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis finished off the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday with a 5-1 Game 6 win and will now look to win its first ever Stanley Cup. One has to wonder whether that game was the last time we will see the 39-year-old Sharks forward Joe Thornton on the ice. For the Blues, this is the first time they have reached the final since 1970, snapping a 49-year drought. They made the final in each of their first three seasons as the NHL grouped all of its expansion franchises into a single division.

St. Louis is now the first team in league history to go from last place in the league in January to the Stanley Cup Final.

This season will be a rematch of the 1970 final in which the Blues were swept by the Bruins. That series gave us the iconic moment of Boston great Bobby Orr soaring through the air after scoring the Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 4.

The Bruins have been waiting since Thursday to learn who their opponent would be after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes to win the East. Boston will be going for its seventh Cup and first since 2011. Goalie Tuukka Rask was brilliant in that series with a .956 save percentage and a 1.25 GAA. The long layoff, however, could potentially cool off Rask and the red-hot Bruins.

The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets both swept their first-round opponents and both lost in the second round. The Hurricanes swept the Islanders in the second round and were then swept by Boston. The Bruins will have to shake off the rust as quickly as possible as the final begins.

Boston will have home ice in the final and will host Games 1 and 2 before the series shifts back to St. Louis.

Here is the final schedule:

  • Game 1 in Boston, Mon. May 27
  • Game 2 in Boston, Wed. May 29
  • Game 3 in St. Louis, Sat. June 1
  • Game 4 in St. Louis, Mon. June 3
  • Game 5 (if necessary) in Boston, Thurs. June 6
  • Game 6 (if necessary) in St. Louis, Sun. June 9
  • Game 7 (if necessary) in Boston, Wed. June 12

 

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Bryce Harper trolls Cubs fans after they call him overrated because of course he did

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Bryce Harper trolls Cubs fans after they call him overrated because of course he did

It's not just the City of Brotherly Love that heckles Bryce Harper from time to time, it's also one of the clubs he spurned during his offseason tour before settling on Philadelphia.

Prior to losing on a walk-off single to Cubs' star Javy Baez, Harper had a battle going on aside from the scheduled matchup, and that battle didn't involve any players on the opposing squads, but it did include the fans that fill their seats at Wrigley Field.

After the fans booed him all evening and labeled him overrated, the former Nats star chucked a fastball right over their heads and across the street.

Fortunately, the ball didn't break any nearby windows.

We hope. 

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