Bruins top Devils behind Khudobin, McAvoy

Charlie McCoy scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Anton Khudobin made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.

The Bruins struck first when rookie left winger DeBrusk opened the scoring with his fifth of the season with a shot from the right circle at 1:25. And Bergeron added to Boston’s lead with his fifth of the season at 11:02.

The Bruins had a two-goal lead and Khudobin, who made his third straight start, tried to make it hold up with a pad save on a Nico Hischier break-in with and a diving stop on Travis Zajac in a span of 1:13. But there was nothing he could do on Bratt’s power play goal with 2:50 left as New Jersey’s rookie right winger lifted a loose puck in the slot to halve the deficit while Brian Boyle was tied up with Zdeno Chara in front of Khudobin. A video review upheld the goal.

Freeney is 17th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 125.5, which is second among active players behind Julius Peppers’ 151. He’s in his 16th season, and the Seahawks were his fifth team.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter told reporters on Monday that the Bucs are shutting Winston down for a few weeks to rest his shoulder after undergoing an MRI. In the meantime, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Winston as the starter.

“We’re going to be going with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Griffin will be the No. 2,” Koetter said, according to CBS Tampa.

Winston originally injured his shoulder in Week 6 against the Cardinals, leaving the game in the second quarter while Fitzpatrick filled in for him.

This will be the first time in 40 career NFL games that Winston will miss a start. Since he’s been injured, the Bucs (2-6) have lost their last three games and extended their losing streak to five straight games.

NFL letter to Jerry Jones accuses him of detrimental conduct, reports say

The NFL has had enough of Jerry Jones.

“Someone who is genuinely concerned ‘that the owners know the truth about the negotiations’ would not deliberately distribute such an outdated document, particularly when he has in his possession drafts that are current and accurately reflect the actual state of negotiations, or threaten to sue the league and its owners if he does not get his way,” the letter said.

A ProFootballTalk report suggested that “multiple owners” have discussed the possibility of trying to force Jones to sell his team, though Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son, found the notion “laughable,” adding (via 103.5 The Fan), “We don’t take it serious.”

The league potentially could revert to a previous approach in which players stay in the locker rooms while the national anthem plays, the Washington Post reported.

The change was made in 2009, requiring players and coaches to be on the field during the anthem. While the current NFL policy does not require players to stand during the anthem, it strongly encourages them to do so.

It is still too early to know what exactly will happen with the policy, but one unidentified owner told the Post that they were “not sure” if a formal vote from the owners would be required, however, the owner indicated that “most owners would support it, particularly if players continue to kneel this season.”

Several other unidentified sources shared the same sentiments around the anthem policy, but also warned that there have been no “detailed discussions” yet because owners did not think it is appropriate to make an in-season change to the policy. There is an annual league meeting in March when the anthem policy issues could be addressed.

NFL owners being misled in Roger Goodell contract talks, Jerry Jones’ attorney says

In the midst of ongoing conversations surrounding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ attorney has now said NFL owners are being misled about negotiations on Goodell’s extension.

According to the letter, which was obtained through an owner who claims to be “on the fence,” Jones alleges Blank told owners that the six-man committee’s recommendation would be unanimous. However, according to two unidentified ownership sources, the committee is not currently unanimous on Goodell’s contract and Jones is alleging Blank backed off his word of “unanimity” as Goodell’s contract is in it’s final stages.

This letter surfaces after Jones and the league have accused each other of misleading allegations and after Jones reportedly threatened to file a lawsuit against the NFL if Goodell’s contract extension is completed without final review or approval from all 32 of the league’s teams.

Jones also said in the letter that the compensation committee’s consultants called Goodell’s previous contract, “The most one-sided deal they have ever seen.” Goodell’s contract is set to expire at the end of 2018, but the proposed contract extension is through 2024.

The Clippers had dropped 11 of 12, but they overcame a monthlong struggle of closing out opponents, taking the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Lou Williams with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

Los Angeles handed out a season-high 30 assists.

Atlanta matched its biggest lead at seven on Dennis Schroder’s 3-pointer with 7:49 left in the third. But the Hawks fell apart against the more talented Clippers, losing their third straight to drop to 3-15, worst in the Eastern Conference.

Marco Belinelli finished with 20 points and Schroder added 19.