Anthony Rizzo says he went to Parkland to support victims

Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week.

I thought the speech was important, to speak with the kids and families that were affected, Rizzo said Monday morning at a news conference from Cubs spring training. I’m really proud to see what Parkland is doing and what the kids are doing and speaking out. And trying to make a difference. I stand behind my community.

The Blackhawks have scored power play goals in six of the last seven games, yet they’re still just No. 29 in success rate at 15.9 percent. That’s how bad they’ve been with the man advantage this season: Even after arguably their best stretch of the season, they’re still among the league’s worst in those situations.

Team USA didn’t claim any additional medals on Thursday, with Mikaela Shiffrin (women’s skiing slalom) and Lindsey Jacobellis (women’s snowboard cross) both finishing just shy of the medal podium, in fourth place. That keeps them at No. 5 among medal-winning countries, but are now tied with Austria and the Olympic Athletes from Russia at eight total medals.

The United States is in position to add some hardware on Friday, though, with Adam Rippon continuing his quest for figure skating gold with the men’s free skate program (8 p.m. ET) and Lindsey Vonn hitting the slops for the women’s alpine skiing super-g medal (9 p.m. ET). The final event of the night could also result in a medal for an American, with Team USA sending a strong delegation to compete in the women’s freeski slopestyle event (11 p.m. ET).

Cordero was the most valuable player and rookie of the year in the Dominican winter league after hitting .323 with 25 RBI in 50 games with Escogido.

Jankowski missed much of last season with a fractured foot after stealing 30 bases in 131 games in 2016.

Szczur played on the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team. Pierla hit .288 with 25 doubles in 83 games after a midseason promotion last year.

This is relevant since the majority of Marte’s contact is of the medium variety. The possibility exists he’ll actually gain some hits. If Lovullo wants to play more small ball, Marte stands to benefit.bears_004

The Jaguars got called for taunting on a fumble return TD, and it was absolutely worth it

The hatin’-ass Jaguars are back.

With the Steelers driving down 21-7, Jacksonville’s daunting defense came up with a strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger, which Telvin Smith returned for a touchdown:

I never want to wake up one day if something truly disastrous happens as a direct result of this president’s actions or inactions and say, “Why didn’t I say anythingWhy was I silent?” I respect your right to criticize me, but to say it’s a media lynch mob … Chad, I assume you didn’t spend any time in journalism school in your life. I just wish you had. We’re about calling it the way we see it, most of us, and about trying to report—and comment on—facts.

The Panthers signed him in October after Graham Gano was on Carolina’s injury report with knee soreness, but never saw action.

Even when defenders seem to have him cornered, when it looks like there is no way for him to escape, he’s still difficult to tackle him. Why? Simple, Kamara says. “Cuz I’m not trying to get tackled.” He just seems slippery. “Like water,” he adds. “I’m flowing.”

Kamara also points out that the Saints “allow me to be me.” His look, his personality, his vibe, embody the spirit of New Orleans. Fans now wear gold teeth to the Superdome, fake dreadlocks on their heads, bull nose rings in their septa. His ability, Kamara says, to be “organic and authentic” in his new city is a main factor in his success. The energy is right, the perfect fit of franchise, city and player. After touchdowns, he’s leapt into the Superdome stands and sat down, just one of the crowd, openly and proudly being Alvin Kamara, an eccentric, suddenly famous, in a city where eccentrics thrive.

Perhaps the disconnect came because other people view a victory as a victory. Fitzpatrick sets a goal, meets it and begins anew. Harris had walked by the photo of the Thorpe Award in his friend’s locker all year. So after Fitzpatrick won that and the Bednarik Award in the same night, Harris called to congratulate him. He was too late.

Per the NFL’s release, she’s done seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million album equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide, and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She’s also won three Grammy Awards after being nominated 18 times over the course of her career — which seems good! Her latest endeavors include her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour, which is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

Pink will be succeeding Luke Bryan as the most recent national anthem singer. Bryan sang the anthem prior to the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl last season in Houston — which turned out to be a pretty good game.