That translates to there being (on average) 36 two-start pitchers available in each of the 25 scoring periods.

Teams are opening this season on Thursday, March 29, an early start which will add four more off days to the schedule. Some weekly leagues keep all weeks separate, while others will end up combining both the truncated opening week and All-Star week with another week to create a single week with double-digit days of baseball action.

Before the schedule change, there were 43. In other words, expect there to be seven fewer options per week this season, rendering it even harder to identify a favorable choice to activate from your reserves or pick up as a free agent.

Except for Ovechkin’s first two seasons (both of which were exactly 70-point seasons for the Washington Capitals), his teams have been good. And remember, Jaromir Jagr played until age 46. Ovechkin, like Jagr, has a giant butt and good genes and, so far, good luck with health.

So what follows are my Ovechkin goal projections and his age (conjunction junction) at the time I wrote them in 2010. Included are comments from 2010 in parentheses and updated comments, along with a running tab on how the projection is going against 894.

After the dust settled this season, the three best players on the Clippers are DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams and Tobias Harris. Jordan was the third member of their core pieces from last season and the only one who remains in L.A. Williams was the best player they received back from Houston in the Paul trade, while Harris is the best of what they got in the Pistons trade.

Later, I’ll discuss what this actually means as far as the Clippers’ future team-building possibilities, but for now, let’s look at the fantasy output of their three best players, according to the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater:

Dec. 14: With Marcell Ozuna headed to St. Louis, Piscotty moves to a team with more opportunity for him to play every day. He’s a rebound candidate playing closer to home, though he could lose some at-bats against righties on an Oakland team that likes to platoon. Read more from Tristan H. Cockcroft.

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Westbrook’s 20th triple-double leads Thunder past Kings

Russell Westbrook got the help he needed from co-stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

It was a rough shooting night for the season scoring leaders on both teams. Westbrook made just 7 of 19 shots. Zach Randolph scored 10 points on 5-for-18 shooting for the Kings.

Hield, with advice for Oklahoma star Trae Young ahead of the Sooners’ NCAA Tournament opener Thursday against Rhode Island: Trae’s got to be the player that we need to play well. Make plays for teammates, make shots and score the ball efficiently.

After launching his first two KT shoes, just as Thompson rose to All-Star status and the Warriors became a championship team, the two sides tore up his contract early and signed a new decade-long extension that could run through 2026.

Knowing that I could be really big in China — that was really cool to me, he said. The shoe market sometimes is overflooded in the States, and I thought, ‘Well, why not branch out and be global?’

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play for the only goal Kuemper needed. Ekman-Larsson is now two shy of 100 career goals.

Kuemper, in his fourth straight start for the injured Antti Ranta since being acquired Feb. 21 from Los Angeles, stopped 27 shots.

It’s nice to get these consecutive starts like this and just kind of get in the rhythm out there, he said. Every start I feel more and more comfortable with the team and how we play. Tonight was just a gutsy effort from everyone.

Kuemper’s previous shutout was Feb. 3 for the Kings against the Coyotes.

Fehr gave the Sharks the lead for good during a long delayed penalty in the first period. With San Jose having the extra attacker, Fehr got in front of the net, where he deflected Brenden Dillon’s point shot past Howard for his first goal in eight games with the Sharks since being acquired from Toronto last month.

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Mission accomplished: Tommy Hunter helps Phillies land Jake Arrieta

The option prices would increase to $28 million if he is among the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2018 or 2019, and to $30 million if he is among the top three in either year.

Arrieta will join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies’ rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are expected to be in the rotation, and Nick Pivetta is the leading candidate for the fifth spot. The team has a slew of young pitchers who could fill in.

Veteran point guard Tony Parker leaned back against a grease board in the postgame locker room and let out an uneasy laugh.

Been winning for a lot of years, he said. Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve made eight conference finals, five NBA Finals. We’ve been winning a lot. But this year, there’s been a lot of injuries. We just have to find a way to try to qualify for the playoffs.

Not an easy proposition for the Spurs, who find themselves now out of the postseason picture and out of the top eight in the Western Conference standings this late in the season for the first time since before they drafted Tim Duncan (1997), with matchups on tap at home Tuesday against the Orlando Magic, followed by a trio of minefields in the New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors. It’s expected that by the time the Spurs host the Pelicans on Thursday they’ll have Leonard back in the lineup.

DeSclafani also suffered a strained left oblique before the 2016 season and was sidelined until June. The right-hander finished that season with a 9-5 record with a 3.28 ERA. He missed all of last season with a sprained elbow.

The Reds were counting on DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and left-hander Brandon Finnegan to recover from injuries and anchor a rotation that struggled without them last year. Instead, they’re heading toward Opening Day with questions about two of them.

Finnegan was removed from his appearance on Sunday after only two batters because of a sore forearm. It’s unclear how long he’ll be limited. Finnegan was limited to four starts last season because of back and shoulder injuries.

DeSclafani won’t be allowed to do any baseball activities until the injured muscle is healed, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be ready to start the season.

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Eyeing postseason, Lance Lynn says Twins are a great fit

There is a certain grittiness to the way Lance goes about his job, and hopefully it will permeate its way through our clubhouse to some degree, Molitor said.

The Twins sent down prospects Stephen Gonsalves, Adalberto Mejia and Aaron Slegers to Triple-A Rochester and Fernando Romero to Double-A Chattanooga before the game. Mejia made 21 starts for the Twins last year.

Ups and downs, just trying to figure it out, Cavs forward Jeff Green said. It’s been filled with injuries. It’s just been a tough roller coaster.

But there is still optimism that a good stretch of basketball is around the corner for the Cavs when they do get healthy.

I’m not concerned at all, Green told ESPN. We have a lot of weapons out that we rely on, and we got to figure it out. There’s no excuses.

Kyle Korver admitted it has worn on the team’s psyche.

San Antonio could be a heck of an opening hurdle if Leonard can return to All-NBA form after a lengthy absence due to his mysterious quadriceps ailment and help transform the Spurs back to their two-decade norm of excellence.

It doesn’t matter where you are — you’re going to get a good team, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said before the blowout. So, whatever.

Sometimes, it’s going to be really emotionally draining and tough like (Sunday) was, and sometimes, it’s going to be in good shape. So you just have to weather that storm with the players, and that’s really important.

The Stars are without top goaltender Ben Bishop, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury. He skated Monday in full equipment for the first time since the injury.

He’s a couple of steps away, but it’s a good sign to have him on the ice today with gear on, Hitchcock said.

Kari Lehtonen has started the past three games and is 1-2-0, but has given up only four goals in those three games.

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NHL ownership group for potential Seattle expansion floats idea of bringing NBA team back

The ownership group that applied to bring the NHL to Seattle is optimistic as it begins a season-ticket drive Thursday. It is also leaving the door open for another feat: bringing an NBA franchise back to the city.

“The answer is absolutely,” investment banker David Bonderman told ESPN. “If there is a franchise to be had from the NBA, we want to be up there fighting for it for Seattle.”

“The way we are going to structure all of our contractually obligated income is making sure there will be revenue upside built in should the NBA ever consider Seattle,” Leiweke said. “We are committed to making sure the building, all of our contracts, all of our partnerships and all of our relationships, are done in a way that we can maximize value.

“There is no need to ultimately build two [arenas] when you can make one work as long as you have the foresight and the vision to make sure you’re thinking through that at the beginning of the process, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Leiweke said he has already been approached by a half-dozen companies for naming rights to the arena.

“For the first time in my 40-plus-year career in building facilities, naming facilities and running franchises, they’re chasing us.” Leiweke said. “It’s a remarkable change from everything else I’ve ever done. It’s a first for me. Usually we’re out aggressively pursuing. The fact that we’ve had so many people approach us and sit down and talk to us about naming rights is, I think, a very good indication about the pent-up demand and the opportunity in this marketplace.”

The Lakers are still six games back of the No. 8 spot in the West — but Thomas wants them to think big.

“I want this team to think we’re going to win,” Thomas said. “We have the Cheap Kids Soccer Jerseys talent to win. We have the players in this locker room to win and the only thing we should be thinking Cheap Jerseys World about is trying to take that next step — and that’s get to the playoffs.”

They keep playing like this, who knows what can happen.

What do 76ers need in the draft? What if they win No. 1?

Over the next few months leading up to the 2018 NBA draft, we’ll dive into each lottery team, taking into account projected picks, team needs and potential options to fill those holes. First up, the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, the Sixers are one of the top young teams in the NBA, featuring a blend of current stars, future assets and six picks to play with in the draft.

How does Fultz affect their plans, what do they need and what will they do if they win No. 1?

Brown missed an opportunity for a three-point play with 4:45 left in the third, but got a second chance at the free throw when Charlotte was called for a lane violation. Brown hit the second attempt and Boston’s lead was 94-67.

“It’s one of those things, obviously there’s zero rush to bring him back,” Walton said Thursday. “But if he’s healthy and ready to play and we’ve got a couple of weeks left [in the season], then yeah we’ll get him back on the court.”

“We’re going to have different guys step up, different guys play new roles, bigger roles,” Walton said. “And we got to kind of figure it out still as we go, because there’s going to be lineups out there that haven’t played together much. Like I said earlier, we’ll probably get [Kyle] Kuzma at some 3 as well as 4 now, so guys just got to be ready to play.”

Hart, who suffered the injury to his non-shooting hand in practice Wednesday, is averaging 6.6 points. He started 20 games this season and had four of his six double-doubles in the previous 10 games as a starter.

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The Mavericks lost 111-110 in overtime to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night to fall to 19-43, just a half-game ahead of the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic (18-43) for the worst record in the league. The bottom eight teams in the league are separated by just 2 games in the standings.

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