Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard will not return Thursday against Pelicans

Leonard, who received first-team All-NBA honors the previous two seasons, resumed working out in San Antonio on Feb. 27 and is feeling “much better,” according to the source. There remains optimism that he will return this season, the source said.

The Spurs (37-30) have lost 11 of their past 14 and are currently 10th in the Western Conference standings with 15 games remaining. They haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season.

Calhoun, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, batted .243 with one home run and five RBIs this spring. His demotion likely means that Ryan Rua and Drew Robinson will start the season in a platoon in left field for the Rangers.

The 5-foot-8 Calhoun appeared in 13 games late last season with the Rangers, batting .265. He batted .300 with 31 homers in 128 games at the Triple-A level last season in the Dodgers and Rangers organizations.

Forward Johnny Gaudreau said he and his teammates definitely realize the importance of bouncing back with a victory.

“Especially where we’re at in the standings and how important each game is,” said Gaudreau, who had a goal and an assist against the Islanders to run his point-scoring streak to five games.

Columbus scored its three first-period goals on its first seven shots. … Jones has a goal in three straight games. He scored twice Friday against Detroit. … The Canadiens dropped to 9-22-4 on the road. … Montreal wrapped up its six-game trip with a 1-4-1 mark and allowed nine power-play goals.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has become the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals, further cementing his status as one of the league’s all-time best offensive talents.

The Capitals captain scored twice Monday night in Washington’s 3-2 overtime win over the Cheap College Basketball Jerseys Winnipeg Jets to reach the milestone in his 990th regular-season game. No. 600 came 3 Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men minutes, 53 seconds into the second period and marked his 42nd goal this season, which leads the NHL.

Saints’ Adrian Peterson ‘itching’ to play preseason games

Adrian Peterson is ready to lead his team to victory.

Although the Saints running back hasn’t made an appearance in a preseason game in since 2013, he’s eager to get back on the football field after an extended absence.

Two factors worked against the two quarterbacks: First, they were facing the Broncos’ top-notch pass defense, and, second, the offense was working primarily in the red zone, where the windows are smaller, especially against veterans such as Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.

But …

It’s NFL football, Joseph said. Make your reads. We have good receivers. They can win against anybody. When you say that, it’s not about the overall secondary, it’s about the matchup. [Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders] can win. So find them and throw the ball to them.

Lynch suffered two of the INTs, one by Bradley Roby that would’ve been a pick-six.

Not pretty, but Joseph insists he isn’t frustrated by the QBs.

It’s not going to be based on a one-day evaluation, Joseph said. It’s been pretty good. It wasn’t very good today, and it was both guys. So I’m OK.

The Bears’ quest to find a franchise quarterback led them to pay steep costs to acquire both Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky this spring. Adding Cousins doesn’t make a ton of sense — but neither did trading four draft picks to move up from the No. 3 overall Cheap Braves Jerseys pick to No. 2 in this year’s draft, so you can’t rule it out.

Chicago offers a solid offensive line — its quarterbacks were sacked on less than 5 percent of all dropbacks last season — but few legitimate receiving targets. Cameron Meredith and a potentially healthy Kevin White are the top options on a Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men depth chart that includes retreads like Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Rueben Randle.

What was the best move each NFL team made in the 2017 offseason?

It’s way too early to try to pinpoint how each player who landed somewhere new this offseason will impact his team. But we’re going to do it anyway.

Last year, not many people would have thought drafting Dak Prescott was the Dallas Cowboys’ best offseason move. But then the fourth-round pick was pressed into duty when Tony Romo went down with an injury during the preseason. Prescott never gave Romo the job back and went on to beat out teammate Ezekiel Elliott for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Luck’s NFL career got off to a rousing start when he stepped into Manning’s vacated starting spot and led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons, including two AFC South titles. He had three playoff wins along with three Pro Bowl selections from 2012-14. In his career playoff highlight, he threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns in leading the second biggest comeback in NFL playoff history (28 points) as Indianapolis beat Kansas City, 45-44, in the 2013 AFC wild-card round.

In 2014, Luck and the Colts made it to the AFC title game before they were eliminated for the second straight year by the Patriots in a 45-7 drubbing. Luck’s stats that night were equally dismal — 12 of 33 for 126 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions.

His 2015 season was injury-plagued with a shoulder problem early and a lacerated Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men kidney and abdominal tear later, limiting him to seven games. After Luck’s down year with a career-low 74.9 QB rating, the Colts showed they still had faith in him as an elite quarterback Cheap Chelsea Jerseys with a mammoth $24.6 million-per-year extension ($87 million guaranteed).

Then, last season, he battled through shoulder issues and had a strong season (31 touchdown passes and a 96.4 rating), but the Colts’ offensive line allowed him to be sacked 41 times, and the defense couldn’t hold up in an 8-8 season.