Steven Stamkos practices, but still not cleared for contact

It’s unlikely that Stamkos will play in Game 2, but Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it’s a good feeling knowing that his center is inching closer to a possible return.

“There was a point where there was so much uncertainty, it was kind of accepted that he wasn’t able to play,” Cooper said. “But now you’re getting to a point where we’re kind of in that holding pattern, and he’s feeling good because he’s been on the ice so much more. He’s getting himself back into game shape in these situations.

“He feels fine, and it’s not like he’s coming back from a broken bone, for instance — [an Anton] Stralman situation where it’s a pain-tolerance thing. I think that’s probably what’s a little bit frustrating for [Stamkos]. He has to wait for other people to tell him he can play. He’s not the one making the decision. But he’s been unreal to have around.”

UCLA baseball will honor Jackie Robinson with jerseys

Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated around the baseball world this Friday, is fast approaching. And to go with the special edition cleats Adidas already announced, UCLA’s baseball team unveiled a new Robinson-era throwback jersey to be worn this weekend when the Bruins travel to Washington.

This is the second consecutive season UCLA has donned a jersey to honor Robinson, who played four sports at the school from 1939 to 1941. Last season’s jersey will make a repeat appearance for this Tuesday’s home game with Loyola Marymount.

When Messi reached 30 million Instagram followers in December, he received a Golden State Warriors jersey from Stephen Curry. In return, the Barcelona star promised to send back one of his shirts when the NBA star reached 10 million followers of his own.

Just over four months later, Curry has hit that target and, lo and behold, Messi has come good on his pledge.

It’s the continuation of a nice back-and-forth among superstars, although, given that Messi now has in excess of 40 million followers, you wonder how Curry can up the ante in response.

Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled Sprint Cup race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Kenseth snapped a 17-race winless skid in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism with his 37th career victory, denying Larson his first win.

“I got digging the best I could and tried to hold him off,” Kenseth said.

Johnson is also keeping tabs on Alshon Jeffery, who is not participating in the Bears’ voluntary workouts. Johnson made a special trip to California to meet face-to-face with Jeffery before the No. 1 receiver shifted his offseason training to South Florida.

“We probably talk once a week,” Johnson said. “I went out to California just to get to know him a little bit. He didn’t know who I was, and I didn’t know who he was. But he’s a very bright young man who is smart and confident. I really liked him.”

It’s almost time for the All-Star Game.

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