Doan interested in Sharks ... at least four other teams, too

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Doan interested in Sharks ... at least four other teams, too

Shane Doan is interested in coming to Sharks, according to hisagent, Terry Bross.But before you make plans to buy a Doan jersey, you shouldknow San Joseisnt the only suitor in which Doan has reportedly expressed interest.Bross reportedly told the Canucks, Penguins, Blackhawks andRed Wings that his client has an interest in playing for them, too. At least 11teams have reportedly called about Doan.Bross told David Pollack of the Mercury News that there isstrong mutual interest between the Sharks and the free agent right winger andthat he has been in contact with Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.However, other teams have reportedly had similar interactionswith Doan and Bross.The Detroit Free Press reported that the Red Wings have alead in the Doan sweepstakes based on Bross saying his client has interest inDetroit.Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman is hopingthe early bird catches the worm and his July 1 contact with Doan will help bringDoan to Vancouver, the Vancouver Sun reported.Whether any team actually has the lead to land Doan, whocontributed 50 points to the Coyotes last season, is unclear. Bross could justbe trying to create a buzz about his client across the NHL landscape.The Sharks ought to examine Doan closely before makinga multi-million dollar bid. Doans 50 points were his lowest since the 2001-02season and his 28 assists were tied for his lowest since the 1999-2000 season.He also had a negative plus-minus for the first time since 2006-07.Still his size hes 6 foot, 1 inch and 228 pounds makesDoan an attractive power forward option for many teams.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.

 

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.