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Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: With Henrik Set To Return, Rangers Begin Final Preparations For Cup Run

Talbot is good enough to win some tough, grinding games in February and March, but when it’s all or nothing in April and May, they need Lundqvist to be between the pipes.

03/27/2015

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 19, 2015. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Silverman: Maccagnan Must Not Allow Heisman Winner Mariota To Slip Through Jets’ Grip

When you have a quarterback like Marcus Mariota, who has been so proficient throughout his career, judging him on one bad game is not prudent.

03/25/2015

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, right, in action against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 18, 2015, at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Are Poised To Make A Brilliant Run To Glory This Spring

Here they come, thundering down the stretch.

03/20/2015

Ndamukong Suh (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Jets, Bills, Dolphins Have Each Taken Major Strides In Quest To Overtake Patriots

While we are still in the middle of March and have not thrown the NFL Draft into the equation yet, the difference between the Patriots and their division rivals is quite a bit less than it was at the end of last season.

03/18/2015

Boxer Manny Pacquiao poses on the red carpet before a joint press conference with Floyd Mayweather Jr on March 11, 2015 at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: Floyd’s Head Games Simply Won’t Work Against Savvy, Skilled Pacquiao

Pacquiao is an all-time great. He has blemishes on his record, but he is a brilliantly talented fighter. He will not be intimidated or beaten before this fight starts, and he will give Mayweather the battle of his life.

03/13/2015

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Silverman: Stunning Retirements Across NFL Overshadow Revis Signing, Big Trades

The most noteworthy announcements at the start of the league year may have been the early retirements of San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker and Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds.

03/11/2015

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, left, gets a hug from head coach John Calipari during the second half against Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena on Jan. 20, 2015. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Silverman: Kentucky’s Calipari Has A Team Of Superstars Playing The Team Game

Phil Jackson is paying attention to Kentucky basketball, and you should be, too.

03/06/2015

Ndamukong Suh (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Silverman: Ranking The Top 10 NFL Free Agents

While some of the best players have already been franchise-tagged by their current teams, here’s a look at the 10 best players who will be available in free agency.

03/04/2015

Rangers forward Kevin Hayes, right, tries to beat Islanders goal Jaroslav Halak during the teams’ meeting at Madison Square Garden on Oct 14, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: East Will Come Down To Fight Between Rangers, Islanders And Canadiens

For the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, this is a time when patience will be tested. The season has reached the final quarter and the playoffs are just around the corner.

02/27/2015

Adrian Peterson (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Silverman: Is Arrogant Adrian Peterson Trying To Force His Way Out Of Minnesota?

Peterson says he is “praying” about his future. He should be praying to be reinstated and begging for forgiveness for his heinous behavior.

02/20/2015

Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: NHL Trade Deadline Figures To Have Some Names, Key Role Players

Serious plans for the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline are being made right now, and it’s all about making the best possible deal.

02/18/2015

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano watches from the bench during a game against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Dec. 12, 2013 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: Capuano Part Of 3-Man Race For NHL’s Jack Adams Award

Peter Laviolette, Jon Cooper, Michel Therrien, Jack Capuano and Alain Vigneault have all done outstanding jobs this season and should be the leading candidates for NHL coach of the year.

02/16/2015

Members of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on Aug. 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Wrongdoing In Youth Sports Is A Scourge That Will Never Go Away

Allegations get made, and when Little League chooses to investigate, it can find fault with the adults who are in charge of these programs. But there are plenty of issues involved, including the programs that don’t get investigated.

02/11/2015

Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Silverman: Tiger May Be Down, But He Won’t Let The Critics Get The Last Word

The great ones ignore their critics and let their talent do the talking. Woods has done this many times, and he has to rally and do it once again if he is to get the last laugh.

02/06/2015

Jerry Hughes #55 of the Buffalo Bills runs in a fumble for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Silverman: If Giants Are To Return To Playoffs, Reese Needs To Shore Up D-Line

The Giants need help at the linebacker and safety spots as well, but Reese needs to make sure the defensive line is fully stocked and ready to roll.

02/04/2015

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