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Tannehill practices with Dolphins on limited basis

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Tannehill practices with Dolphins on limited basis

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin declined to help hype the possible all-rookie showdown Sunday between quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill.

``I don't think it's really a big deal,'' Philbin said.

The coach's enthusiasm might have been tempered by the possibility Tannehill won't play against the Indianapolis Colts. He left Sunday's victory over the New York Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries, and practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Tannehill wore a brace and thigh-to-ankle sleeve on his left leg. He participated in passing drills, but backup Matt Moore took the snaps with the starters at the beginning of team drills, while Pat Devlin worked with the second team.

Tannehill was cleared to practice after undergoing an MRI exam. He declined to predict whether he'll be able to play Sunday.

``I'm just taking it one day at a time,'' he said. ``I'm going to do everything I can to be ready, and hopefully that's the case.''

Said Philbin regarding Tannehill's status: ``We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the course of the week.''

Unlike Philbin, Tannehill acknowledged the appeal of his possible matchup against Luck. They're two of five rookie starting QBs in the NFL, and each has helped his team to a surprising 4-3 start.

``It's a story line,'' Tannehill said. ``It's exciting for a lot of people. But you're not really thinking about the other quarterback.''

Moore, the Dolphins' most valuable player in 2011, played for the first time this year against the Jets and 11 for 19 for 131 yards and a score in a 30-9 victory. His statistics would have been even more gaudy had Jabar Gaffney not dropped a long potential touchdown pass.

Rooting from the sideline was Tannehill.

``I couldn't be more excited for Matt and the way he went in cold off the bench, after not getting a lot of reps in practice, going in and winning the game for us,'' Tannehill said. ``He threw the ball really well.''

Moore helped the Dolphins win six of their final nine games last year, then lost a battle this summer with newcomer Tannehill for the No. 1 job.

He had a solid passer rating of 87.1 in 2011 and was at 96.6 against the Jets.

``Same old Matt from last year,'' receiver Brian Hartline said. ``He's a gamer. It's nice to know we basically have two starting quarterbacks.''

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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