ALAMEDA Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he wont make any decision on DarrenMcFadden or Mike Goodsons availability for OaklandsWeek 10 game in Baltimoreuntil after Fridays practice at the earliest.Both McFadden and Goodson sat out Thursdays practice in Alameda with highankle sprains and Allen confirmed that the top two running backs on his depthchart are still in walking boots, forcing him to pass down the reps.Two guys have taken those snaps; Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reecehave both taken reps there with the first group, Allen said.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders have a running back contingencyin place.Well play to the strength of the backs were going to use, Knapp said. HopefullyDarren and Goody can make it back, but if not we have a second plan ready togo.With Reece more of a threat in the passing game, Jones would likely be the bellcow in Baltimoreif McFadden and Goodson are on the sidelines. Knapp explained what has heldJones back from more touches so far and what makes him such an enticing backupplan.Its been ball security and the assignments, Knapp said of Jones limitations.And part of his assignment issues have been because of lack of reps because ofthe injuries, so you miss out on opportunities due to lack of reps. But Imexcited for the young kid. I hope he gets a chance to get in there and havesome confidence and get some successful plays to build his confidence.In addition to McFadden and Jones sitting out Thursday, veteran defensivetackle Richard Seymour was also notably absent. He had previously been dealingwith a knee injury, but is now also dealing with a hamstring problem that Allendid not sugar coat.He couldnt practice today if he had to, Allen said, which seems tosuggest that Seymouris an unlikely candidate to play against the Ravens. Officially, though, Allenwouldnt rule Seymourout yet.When Seymour was asked if he would be a game-time decision in Baltimore, he said he didnt know.When itsready, Ill be back, Seymoursaid. Weve got a good training staff. Im working hard.Cornerback Shawntae Spencer was the fourth non-participant on Thursday. Theinjury report had only one change from Wednesday, the addition of tight endRichard Gordon to the group of full participators.Did not participate -- RB Mike Goodson(ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (kneehamstring), CBShawntae Spencer (right foot).Limited participationin practice -- RT Khalif Barnes (groin), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder),PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), S Matt Giordano(hamstring).Full participation in practice-- RT Willie Smith (knee), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring), LB MIles Burris(elbow), LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), DT Desmond Bryant (cardiac), DE MattShaughnessy (shoulder), DE Dave Tollefson (shoulder), CB Coye Francies (thumb),S Mike Mitchell (finger), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring).
Programming note – Sharks-Bruins coverage starts today at 5:30 p.m. on NBCSN
WHERE THEY STAND
Sharks: 35-18-6, 76 points, 1st Pacific Division
Bruins: 29-23-6, 64 points, 4th Atlantic Division
PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES
***The Sharks will be playing their second of a back-to-back, and final game before the bye week, in a rare matinee start time at SAP Center against Boston. Saturday’s 4-1 win in Arizona was just San Jose’s second in its last seven games, although they have points in six of those (2-1-4). San Jose is 4-2-4 since reeling off six straight wins from Jan. 16 – 24, and has a four-point lead on Edmonton for first place in the Pacific Division.
***Boston will be playing for the first time since its bye week, which may not have come at a good time. The Bruins reeled off three straight wins after changing coaches from Claude Julien to interim Bruce Cassidy, the first of which came against the Sharks at TD Garden on Feb. 9. The Bruins haven’t played since last Sunday, a 4-0 home win over Montreal.
***Joe Thornton brings a five-game point streak into tonight’s game (2g, 4a). He sits two assists shy of becoming the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1000 assists.
KEEP AN EYE ON...
Sharks: Melker Karlsson. The fourth line winger was the star of last night’s game in Arizona, posting one goal and two assists, and getting credit for the game-winning goal. Karlsson, second on the Sharks in shorthanded time on ice per game, has two goals and three points in three career games against the Bruins.
Bruins: Patrice Bergeron. The three-time Selke Trophy winner posted four points (1g, 3a) against the Sharks in Boston 10 days ago, and is third on the team in scoring with 33 points (14g, 19a). The 31-year-old is just one assist shy of 400 for his career, and is eighth on the Bruins’ all-time scoring list.
Kevin Labanc – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Nikolay Goldobin – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Backes
Peter Cehlarik – David Krejci – David Pasternak
Frank Vatrano – Ryan Spooner – Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller – Dominic Moore – Riley Nash
Zdeno Chara – Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller – Colin Miller
Sharks: Joonas Donskoi (upper body) and Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) are out.
Bruins: Austin Czarnik (lower body) is out.
“He’s having an MVP season. He’s been that good for us all year and it’s every night. I don’t know what else to say. In my mind right now he’s the best player in the league, and we’re happy to have him on our team.” – Pete DeBoer on Brent Burns after Saturday’s Sharks win in Arizona, in which Burns had two goals
MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Khris Davis confirmed that he won't play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Davis said he felt "terrible" about the decision, but that he wanted his undivided attention to be on preparing for his second season with Oakland.
"I kind of feel over-extended," he said shortly before the A's hit the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.
Coming off a season where he clubbed a career-best 42 home runs with 102 RBI, Davis said he wouldn't dwell on the incredibly slow start he had in 2016 or the monster numbers he proceeded to put up after that. But he's ready to help the A's try to rebound from back-to-back last place finishes.
"There's a lot of excitement, I can feel it."