Red Wings’ Filip Zadina to play for Czech Republic at world juniors

The Czech Republic will get a big boost at the World Junior Hockey Championship as Filip Zadina‘s agent has confirmed he will play in this year’s tournament.

Darren Ferris, Zadina’s agent, told Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press that his client will play for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, in a game on Wednesday before reporting to the Czech Republic national team.

The tournament begins Dec. 26 in Vancouver and Victoria.

Zadina’s status for the tournament was in doubt after he suffered a groin/hamstring injury in the Griffins’ 5-4 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday. He missed Sunday’s game against the Rockford IceHogs, but Ferris told St. James the injury was minor and wouldn’t prohibit the 19-year-old winger from representing his country.

The Red Wings took Zadina sixth-overall in June’s NHL Draft. This season with the Griffins he has eight goals and 17 points in 28 games.

Zadina made headlines at last year’s world juniors when he scored seven goals in seven games to lead the Czechs to a fourth-place finish.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news

      

MLB Rumors: Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto Draws Trade Interest From These Four Teams

J.T. Realmuto is a wanted man.

The Miami Marlins catcher has garnered trade interest from the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and other teams, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Marlins reportedly would want Kyle Tucker, a highly rated outfielder who debuted in the Major Leagues last season at age 21, in any trade with the Astros.

The #Astros are back in the mix for #Marlins J.T. Realmuto. Top prospect Kyle Tucker remains a target for a potential deal. The #Padres also have interest, along with #Dodgers #Rays and more. Hard to say if there is a frontrunner at this point. Multiple teams involved.

— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 18, 2018

Realmuto is regarded as the top catcher available for trade this offseason. He earned $2.9 million in 2018, is arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons and will become a free agent in 2021.

The aforementioned teams likely will face competition from The New York Yankees and New York Mets, who reportedly discussed trading for Realmuto last week during the MLB Winter Meetings.

More discussions with more teams undoubtedly will take place before Miami decides to trade Realmuto, and the number of interested teams suggests the Marlins will receive a healthy return for the All-Star catcher.

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Source:: NESN.com – MLB

      

The best reactions to James Harden’s ‘stepback to his stepback’ against the Jazz (including Donovan Mitchell’s)

With the Houston Rockets leading the Utah Jazz 97-94 and less than a minute remaining on Monday night, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul on Jazz guard Ricky Rubio behind the 3-point line and made two of his three free-throw tries to all but seal the victory.

But both in real time and especially in slower motion, it appeared Harden rather blatantly traveled, but only Rubio was penalized.

HOW MANY STEPS IS THIS HARDEN STEP BACK pic.twitter.com/OFV0DSuFMo

— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) December 18, 2018

Twitter users had some pretty strong reactions to the play, running the emotional gamut. Here are just some of them.

James Harden gets “creative” with the footwork. ????

(via @WorldWideWob)pic.twitter.com/oQju2JHPwt

— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) December 18, 2018

Yo dawg, I heard you like stepbacks.

So James Harden added a stepback to his stepback so you can watch a stepback right after a stepback.

???? @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/C5cog9qGx1

— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 18, 2018

when you lose track of how many steps James Harden just took pic.twitter.com/bcoTjTxPJR

— Dan Favale (@danfavale) December 18, 2018

How is James Harden able to get away with this crap? #UTAvsHOU #nba pic.twitter.com/Fo6fONkgK8

— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) December 18, 2018

the fact that Rubio got called for a foul and Harden didn’t get called for this travel makes it that much worse. That’s a complete shift of momentum in a game. I hate James Harden more than any other pro athlete to ever play https://t.co/6QwT2zVjt8

— FoistMastaFlex(Lakers18-12) (@jwoody_rec) December 18, 2018

This travel by James Harden requires a passport & vaccinations

pic.twitter.com/SK2L6PSxPJ

— Denlesks (@Denlesks) December 18, 2018

A few people took the liberty to put Harden’s “dance” to music.

James Harden Cha Cha Slide pic.twitter.com/VryewQsbG8

— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) December 18, 2018

James Harden with the electric slide! ???? (Watch with sound on!!)@slcdunk @BleacherReport pic.twitter.com/U5IhdPFa3W

— Micah Wilkes (@wilkes_micah) December 18, 2018

Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas chimed in with his opinion of the play.

Come on cuz lol… There letting that happen now? Lol I’m really bout to be unguardable https://t.co/hMM7tYJaKT

— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) December 18, 2018

Some people focused their comments on Harden’s overall performance, as he scored 47 points on the night.

I became a James harden fan tonight

— josh fox (@Foxxykid) December 18, 2018

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News