Ranger felt the pain in his neck immediately
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Author:  Dogcat250 [ 17 Apr 2019, 07:19 ]
Post subject:  Ranger felt the pain in his neck immediately

TORONTO -- Paul Ranger felt the pain in his neck immediately. Down on the ice for several minutes, his mind raced and then found some peace. "Its scary," he said. "But I just remember feeling like, You know what, I am going to be OK. I dont know whats going on, but I can move my legs, I can feel my hands, I can feel my feet and Im going to be OK no matter what." The Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman was back with the team less than two days after suffering a neck injury when he was boarded by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn. Just being at the practice rink Friday for a team photo was another positive sign for Ranger, who was treated and released at a hospital Wednesday night. "Im thankful," Ranger said. "Im OK." Coach Randy Carlyle reported some good news as well: that the 29-year-old had a stiff neck but not a concussion as a result of his head slamming into the glass. "Thats not the world that (doctors) ever described to me," Carlyle said after practice. "They never said that. I know its a big word in todays sports, so I refrain from using it. Right now I was told there was no concussion issues." Ranger confirmed that it was a neck injury, not a head injury. He does not know when he might be able to return to game action, calling his situation a "day-to-day thing right now." When he went down late in the first period of the Leafs 5-3 loss to the Lightning, it looked like it could be much worse. After remaining on the ice for seven minutes, Ranger was taken off on a stretcher and then to the hospital. Ranger was anxious and in a bit of shock at first, but amid that doctors told him he was relaxed and co-operative. "I dont want to get into the details, I dont really want to re-live it," he said. "I know that my body and my mind just went into preservation mode. All I could think was just Dont move, stay straight and breathe, and I just kind of breathed three in, three out for the next three to four hours right from the get-go." Ranger praised Leafs doctor Noah Forman, athletic therapists Paul Ayotte and Marty Dudgeon and Lightning trainer Tom Mulligan for the care they administered. "They did a great job all-around," he said. "Even through that stressful time, I felt comforted and loved, really, and cared for." Ranger, who spent parts of five seasons with the Lightning, said Killorn reached out to him but declined to reveal the nature of that dialogue. He does not believe Killorn attempted to injure him. "From what I gather about him is that hes a good kid, and I knew that right from the start that it wasnt intentional," Ranger said. "My friends that I know close in Tampa say that he is a pretty good person, never really means to hurt anybody." Still, Ranger considered it a dangerous play. He avoided watching more than one replay because "that was enough," and didnt want to weigh in on any supplemental discipline for Killorn. "Its not up for me to decide if someone gets suspended or not," he said. "Thats not my call." But Ranger doesnt want to see similar situations happen moving forward. "I think it maybe needs some looking at," Ranger said. "I think theres some reviewing that should be done for the safety of myself and, to be honest, everyone else -- future players." . Three pitches later, he was hugging Mike Napoli at home plate after his teammates winning home run. Napoli and Ortiz hit consecutive homers with one out in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied past Minnesota 2-1 Wednesday, sending the Twins to their fifth straight loss. . -- Another baseball tradition is about to largely disappear: a manager, with a crazed look in his eyes, charging the field and getting into a face-to-face shouting match with an umpire. . Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was also taken to three sets but emerged with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke of Germany, while second-seeded David Ferrer joined Murray in making an early exit after a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Daniel Brands of Germany. . Thats what he did over the past 2 1/2 years with the Washington Wizards. Wittmans approach helped turn the Wizards from pushover to playoff winners. . -- Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City.The UFC kicks off its 2015 calendar with one of the biggest events of the year as Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier finally lock horns for the light heavyweight title at UFC 182 on Saturday. TSNs coverage begins with COUNTDOWN TO UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER at 7pm et/4pm pt on TSN4 and TSN5. The countdown show leads into two hours of UFC 182 preliminary fight coverage at 8pm et/5pm pt. Until then, here are TSN.cas picks for the event that appropriately sets the tone for one of the most anticipated years in the organizations history. -- MAIN CARD: Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Daniel Cormier (15-0) – Light-Heavyweight Championship Andrew Robichaud, Jones - The reigning light-heavyweight champ and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world has beaten everyone and anything in his path en route to the belt and beyond. Until someone can prove otherwise, he is the best of the best. Cormier - If anyone can knock Jones off his perch it is the undefeated Cormier. The former Olympic wrestler has manhandled his competition in two divisions and has barely scratched the surface of his light-heavyweight career. PICK: Jones via unanimous decision Ken Rodney, Jones - The light-heavyweight champion creates such a length and height mismatch with almost everyone he gets into the Octagon with, that before you even start talking about his incredible fight skills, it already seems like too much to overcome. He also, for the record, has those incredible skills and has proven it by becoming one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. Cormier – Undefeated and tough as nails, Cormier has an Olympic level wrestling background and being a former heavyweight has faced bigger guys before. Very simply, the closer Cormier can get to Jones, the closer this fight will be in the end. PICK: Jones via unanimous decision -- Robichaud Donald Cerrone (25-6, 1NC) vs. Myles Jury (15-0) Cerrone - The resurgent Cowboy is on a five-fight win streak and was easily one of the most successful and exciting competitors in 2014. Despite already proving he deserves a shot at the lightweight crown, a win over Jury could seal his fate. Jury - The unbeaten 26-year-old is way past matchups against the lower half of the lightweight division but has yet to defeat top-tier talent at 155 pounds. The title conversation is a crowded one, but Jurys record cant be ignored much longer. PICK: Cerrone via unanimous decision Rodney Cerrone – The Cowboy has looked better than ever putting together his winning streak and his last victory over Eddie Alvarez put all of his weapons on display as he kneed, kicked and brawled his way to victory. Jury – Under the radar no more, Jury looked impressive earning a quick knockout in his last fight to keep his record unblemished. If he can continue to put pressure on his opponent and score takedowns he could see his arm raised in victory. PICK: Jury via unanimous decision — Brad Tavares (12-3) vs. Nate Marquardt (33-13-2) Robichaud Tavares - The shine has temporarily faded from the promising middleweight after consecutive losses. Its not necessarily make-or-break time for Tavares, but its getting pretty close if he wants to be taken seriously as a title contender. Marquardt - Its been a rough road for the former Strikeforce wellterweight champion.dddddddddddd After three straight losses in 2013, Marquardt rebounded - slightly - for a win in his only bout in 2014. This is make-or-break time for the veteran. PICK: Tavares via TKO Rodney Tavares - The 27-year-old hasnt tasted victory in almost a year, dropping two fights, including being stopped for the first time in his MMA career. Hell need an impressive victory to start rebuilding his case towards being a top middleweight. Marquardt – Back in the middleweight division, a victory over James Te Huna snapped a three fight losing streak of his own. PICK: Tavares via unanimous decision — Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1) vs. Louis Gaudinot (6-3, 1NC) Robichaud Horiguchi - Three wins in three UFC fights has vaulted Horiguchi into the No. 11 slot in the flyweight rankings. This isnt his toughest bout on paper, but it could go a long way for an ever-growing reputation. Gaudinot - The Ultimate Fighter competitor has been nothing short of disappointing since his UFC debut. Two losses and a failed drug test in four bouts means the leash is short for the New York native. PICK: Horiguchi via TKO Rodney Horiguchi - A fighter on the way up, three fights since joining the UFC all fairly impressive victories. Horiguchi has the power to bring this fight to a sudden finish. Gaudinot – The 30-year-old needs to stop the negative momentum of his career after failing a drug test and failing to win his prior fight. In tough, but needs a victory in this bout. PICK: Horiguchi via TKO — Hector Lombard (34-3-1, 1NC) vs. Josh Burkman (27-10) Robichaud Lombard - The UFC has proved a different challenge for the former Bellator star. However, when Lombard wins he does so quite convincingly. The welterweight division will be on high alert if he can find a little consistency. Burkman - The veteran hasnt seen the inside of the UFC Octagon since 2008 and he may have picked a terrible time to return - based on the guy who will be standing opposite him. But who knows, miracles do happen. PICK: Lombard via unanimous decision Rodney Lombard – Looking for this third straight victory at welterweight, Lombard has been good for a very long time with only impressive wins and split decision losses on his recent ledger. The knockout blow is always in play. Burkman – Fighting in the UFC for the first time since UFC 90, Burkman is going to be in tough in this bout. Did find a measure of success in World Series of Fighting and hopefully that will translate in this fight. PICK: Lombard via TKO — PRELIMINARY CARD: Danny Castillo (17-7) vs. Paul Felder (9-0) Robichaud: Felder via unanimous decision Rodney: Castillo via decision Marcus Brimage (7-3) vs. Cody Garbrandt (5-0) Robichaud: Garbrandt via TKO Rodney: Brimage via decision Shawn Jordan (16-6) vs. Jared Cannonier (7-0) Robichaud: Cannonier via TKO Rodney: Jordan via TKO Evan Dunham (14-6) vs. Rodrigo Damm (12-8) Robichaud: Dunham via split decision Rodney: Dunham via decision EARLY PRELIMINARIES: Omari Akhmedov (13-2) vs. Mats Nilsson (11-3-1) Robichaud: Akhmedov via submission Rodney: Akhmedov via decision Alexis Dufresne (5-1) vs. Marion Reneau (4-1) Robichaud: Reneau via unanimous decision Rodney: Reneau via decision ' ' '

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