Casper Ware hassles Russell Westbrook, issues NBA reminder

In helping Melbourne United almost defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, American point guard Casper Ware also reminded the NBA fraternity that his skills have not diminished since he was last in the league.

In the second of the National Basketball League’s games against NBA opposition, Ware took the game right up to the Thunder, and their superstar point guard Russell Westbrook, finishing with an impressive 20 points (6-19 from the field, including 6-13 from three-point range), six rebounds and three assists.

“It opened some eyes around the world that the NBL is a great league,” Ware told ESPN after the game. “We got some good players over there and everybody is gonna take notice now.”

Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are averaging well over a point per game against the Capitals. Crosby has 20 goals and 40 assists in 41 games, while Malkin has 16 and 35 in 51 games.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray missed last season’s playoff series due to injury, and the since-departed Marc-Andre Fleury pitched the 2-0 Game 7 shutout that sent Pittsburgh to the conference finals. Murray is 2-2 with a 4.43 goals-against average vs. the Capitals.

Washington’s Braden Holtby is 7-7-2 (2.77 GAA) with Cheap NFL Jerseys China two shutouts against the Penguins.

The Capitals again will be without forward Tom Wilson, who is Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys serving a four-game suspension for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais.

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The NFL was busy on Tuesday following a lackluster Monday Night Football matchup between the Giants and Vikings. Transactions involved arrivals and dismissals on several teams throughout the league.

The biggest move of the day came from the Rams, who replaced Sam Bradford with the well-traveled Brady Quinn at quarterback, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Fellow free agent passer Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys Austin Davis was signed by the Rams as well, per Rapoport. Quinn was cut on Monday by the Jets after New York activated David Garrard from the exempt list. The Rams are Quinn’s sixth team in seven years. Bradford was placed on injured reserve and guard Brandon Washington was waived to make room for Quinn and Davis, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.

Here are some more of the NFL moves that were made on Tuesday:

Over at Big Blue View, Ed Valentine wrote about New York finally hitting the opposing quarterback a little bit:

The Giants got only one sack of Freeman Monday, by Justin Tuck, but had 13 hits on Freeman. They made him uncomfortable in the pocket, and that was good enough.
For Minnesota, the loss drops it to 1-5 and likely out of any playoff contention. The Vikings were flat bad, turning the ball over three times and only having the ball for 23:38.

Unfortunately for head coach Leslie Frazier, Freeman was beyond awful completing 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception. Adrian Peterson was not much better, gaining 28 yards on 13 carries.

Christopher Gates of the Daily Norseman talked about the gameplan heading into Monday:

With the Vikings starting Josh Freeman, a quarterback that they had only signed a couple of weeks ago, the team inexplicably put together a game plan that involved only thirteen carries (and 28 yards) Cheap Barcelona Jerseys for Adrian Peterson, and a whopping fifty-three pass attempts from Freeman. Freeman only completed 20 of those attempts for 190 yards and an interception.