Sharks' Niittymaki tweaks groin injury in practice


Sharks' Niittymaki tweaks groin injury in practice



Antero Niittymaki was apparently ready to rejoin the San Jose Sharks' active roster on Friday, recovering from what is officially a lower-body injury that forced him to miss the previous five games. He tweaked the injury in practice, though, resulting in Carter Hutton serving as the backup in Boston while Niittymaki watched from the press box.Niittymaki classified his injury as minor, and appeared to be walking around fine.Hutton was recalled from Worcester due to teammate Alex Stalocks injury on Friday. Surprisingly, it wasnt the first time that Hutton dressed as an NHL backup. The UMass-Lowell product was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate last season and was a one-game emergency backup to Brian Boucher on March 28.
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In 11 games with the AHLs Worcester Sharks this season, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native is 4-3-2 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. Well update the goalie situation Sunday when the team practices again at Boston University.

Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres


Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller