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NFL Capsule: Rams at Cardinals

NFL Capsule: Rams at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (3-6-1) At ARIZONA (4-6)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 6-4; Arizona 4-6

SERIES RECORD - Cardinals lead 33-32-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 26; Cardinals No. 25

LAST MEETING - Rams beat Cardinals 17-3, Oct. 4, 2012

LAST WEEK - Rams lost to Jets 27-13; Cardinals lost to Falcons 23-19

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (12), PASS (21)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (14)

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (26)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (21), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Neither team has won since Rams beat Cardinals Oct. 4. ... St. Louis' five straight games without opponent turnover longest such streak since 1950. ... Rams sacked Kevin Kolb nine times in the first meeting. ... Rams 29 sacks rank fourth in NFL. ... St. Louis 2-0-1 against NFC West, 1-6 against everyone else. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson 322 yards shy of 10,000 yards rushing for career. ... Rams WR Chris Givens first rookie to catch a pass of at least 50 yards in five straight games. ... Jets converted both of St. Louis' lost fumbles into TDs last week. ... Both teams brought player named Wells back from NFL's inactive/designated to return list this week - the Rams' C Scott Wells, and the Cardinals' RB Beanie Wells. ... Last week against Arizona, Atlanta's Matt Ryan became first player in 45 years to throw five interceptions and no touchdown passes and have his team win. ... Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has 91 tackles, eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, an interception and 12 QB pressures. ... Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald has 99 career receptions against Rams. ... After Atlanta's six turnovers, Arizona has 22 takeaways, fourth-most in the NFL. ... Arizona QBs 11 of 27 for 41 net yards against Falcons. ... QB Ryan Lindley, in NFL debut, was one of seven Arizona rookies to play against Atlanta. ... Cardinals 4-0 when they lost at St. Louis, triggering losing streak at six games and counting.

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The NHL salary cap numbers are in, what does it mean for the Caps?

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The NHL salary cap numbers are in, what does it mean for the Caps?

The NHL released the salary cap range for the 2018-19 season on Thursday. That sound you hear is the general managers frantically typing numbers into adding machines to figure out which of their players they can afford and which they are going to have to let walk.

The cap ceiling will rise from last year's $75 million all the way up to $79.5 million with the cap floor set at $58.8 million.

So what does this mean for the Capitals?

Here's a look at the team's pending free agents:

Unrestricted free agents: Jay Beagle, John Carlson, Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Jakub Jerabek, Michal Kempny, Anthony Peluso, Zach Sill, Wayne Simpson

Restricted free agents: Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Adam Carlson, Philipp Grubauer, Tim McGauley, Liam O'Brien, Devante Smith-Pelly, Tom Wilson

We will not know exactly who will make the roster, so to project how much money the Caps will have to work with, let's assume Nathan Walker makes the team and Shane Gersich goes to the AHL. That will give the Caps a little less than $14.8 million with which to work.

Considering the team will need to use about half of that number if not more to re-sign Carlson, that's not a whole lot to work with.

Is $7 million enough to re-sign Beagle, Kempny, Bowey, Smith-Pelly and Wilson? Probably not and that does not even account for prospects who will try to compete for the NHL roster such as Barber and Boyd.

Here's what the cap ceiling tells us:

  • The team's entire offseason will depend on if the team can re-sign Carlson and for how much.
  • Carlson's cap hit last season was just under $4 million. A $4.5 million increase in the salary cap ceiling doesn't mean much when Carlson is going to get a raise of $3 million or more.
  • Grubauer will almost certainly be traded because he is an asset and because there won't be enough money for the team to commit $1.5 million or more to the backup goalie like they did last season.
  • If Carlson returns, fan favorite Beagle has almost certainly played his last game as a Cap. Everyone wants him back, but he would have to take a severe discount for the Caps to fit him and even then, he would be taking away a roster spot from a young prospect ready to make the jump to the NHL.

Free agency opens July 1.

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here