The U.S. Olympic team won’t include any current NHL players.

But from journeyman Chris Bourque, the son of a Hall of Famer, to forward Jordan Greenway, the first African-American to make the Olympic roster, Team USA offers several compelling storylines.

I was playing junior at the time in Erie, down the road, and I remember watching that. A lot of people I know went to it and talked about it. Now living in Buffalo, and being a Bills fan, I can’t believe there was a game at that stadium. And I can’t believe it was 10 years ago, said Ryan O’Reilly of the Sabres.

He just wanted a chance, his father, Steve Keenum, said this week in a phone interview. He’s got to have the knack. It’s just a God-given, innate thing that he’s maximized by working hard.

As the oldest of his three children, Case made clear at an early age to Steve that he had the makeup to be an NFL quarterback even if there was no way to predict how the skill set would unfold.

Well, there will never be another Winter Classic like this one, either. Now, if we can just get the Wings and Leafs to both wear their full-color uniforms in the same game more often …

It’s part of the general manager’s job to monitor the pulse of his locker room. And according to MacMullan, Griffin sensed both [Irving’s] unhappiness and his restlessness and was preparing for the possibility that Irving would request a trade.

Well, we won’t know, will we? Unlike Irving’s trade request, some things remain under wraps for the long haul. Since both the Cavaliers and James have openly refuted Irving’s claims, that probably won’t happen.

If you haven’t read MacMullen’s awesome feature, you should set 10 minutes aside and do so here. But the gist of the trade portion of her story is this: the Cavaliers are a well-oiled, championship machine, but its pieces weren’t a perfect fit all the time.

What do we do now that the Jaguars are good? he asked.

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Dusty Baker relates to racist taunts directed at Adam Jones: ‘It don’t shock me’

Nationals manager Dusty Baker sympathizes with what Adam Jones experienced Monday night in Fenway Park.

But Baker says the racist taunts and belligerent behavior directed at the Orioles center fielder doesn’t surprise him at all.

It doesn’t really surprise me too much because I’ve been called that word in almost every city that I’ve played in, Baker told reporters Tuesday, via the Washington Post . Minor leagues, big leagues, letters. So it don’t really shock me too much. From L.A. to New York. It’s more apparent in some places than other places.

I’m a person who just likes to give kids, give humans, give people an opportunity to learn, Jones said. When I walk through those walls, I learn. It would be selfish of me not to help other people learn.

Jones, of course, said he was the target of racist taunts at Fenway Park during an Orioles-Red Sox game earlier this month.

Per the Kansas City Star, Jones estimates he’s been to the Negro Leagues Baseball museum more than 15 times, and he’s become friends with museum president Bob Kendrick.

Kendrick said Jones’ contribution will go toward new augmented reality technology at the museum, as well as a the creation of a new exhibit called Barrier Breakers that will chronicle the integration of MLB from 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers, through 1959.

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