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Few players have had more Stanley Cup near-misses than Sharks veteran Paul Martin

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“As a player, you have to be somewhat selfish in terms of your training and the time and investment in taking care of yourself,” Martin says. “A lot of times you think what we do is so much more important than what everyone else does. So it’s important to remember that of course it’s not.”

“Oh, it’s sky high now,” Lawson said of his confidence. “I am shooting [the last shot now]. … Now I feel like I am here. I’m back.”

He proved that during his first game with the Wizards, scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists in Game 2 in Toronto. Lawson also demonstrated something he picked up in China: planting his elbow in the face of CJ Miles while driving to the basket.

The Packers will get back to more basic gunslinging with Rodgers working to get the ball to wideouts and tight ends out of simple mismatches. It’s been seven years since Philbin was in Green Bay, but he’s still only 56 and will provide a fresher emphasis on working around Rodgers’ elite talent. He won’t worry about forcing balance, but rather using the run game to play more off the pass game.

Philbin had the Packers as a consistent top-10 offense from 2007 through ’11, and they have lost some explosiveness since. Don’t be surprised if they get pass-happier and Rodgers-friendlier at the same time.

Hurst was apparently cleared by both Michigan and Harvard doctors, and the Raiders felt comfortable enough with the situation to select in him. But Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller revealed that coaches, scouts and general managers are unhappy with Oakland’s decisioncanucks_004 to do so, going as far as destroying the team or putting Hurst’s safety at risk.

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