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En dédicace les 23 et 24 Juillet à La Fouillade

Les 23 et 24 Juillet, je suis en dédicace au salon de La Fouillade pour Marl le Chevrier, Rorhak du Marteau et Le Manoir Steamaker (Rodrigo Arramon).

Si vous achetez les tomes 1 et 2 je vous offre un exemplaire du Manoir Steamaker.

J’assure une  dédicace illustrée sur le Manoir Steamaker.

Nikus Tim’s, illustrateur de la couverture de la seconde édition de Marl le Chevrier sera à mes côtés pour des dédicaces illustrées sur Marl le Chevrier et Rorhak du Marteau.

Les prix :

Marl le Chevrier : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Rorhak du Marteau : 15 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et deux marque-pages.

Le Manoir Steamaker (un mini-roman illustré) : 6 euros avec une dédicace illustrée, un texte et un marque-pages.

Marl le Chevrier + Rorhak du Marteau + Le Manoir Steamaker (offert) = 30 euros. Avec une dédicace illustrée sur Marl ou Rorhak et une sur Le Manoir Steamaker, plus les marque-pages.

Attention : je n’apporte que 20 exemplaires de Marl, 20 de Rorhak et 20 du Manoir. Si vous souhaitez en réserver d’avance, n’hésitez pas à me contacter !

 

Mark Scheifele, P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg will be big factors in Predators-Jets series

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Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: I’ll take Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the season, I polled a bunch of players about who they believed was the most underrated player in the league. One Central Division opponent initially identified Scheifele, then voided his answer. “I would say Scheifele,” he said. “But I think everyone in the league knows he’s been good for some time.” I firmly believe Scheifele would have entered the crowded MVP race this season had he not missed a chunk of time because of injury. Anytime I watch a Jets game, he stands out. The 25-year-old center already has four goals in his first five games these playoffs. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if he maintains that pace.

Sachin Chandan, ESPN the Magazine researcher: My MVP for the Predators-Jets series is Filip Forsberg because the Predators will count on his scoring to win this series.

“It’s going to be crazy. It’s do or die at this point,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. “The crowd in Boston is rowdy, just like they are here. It’s going to be a great game. There are no secrets between teams. It comes down to who has more will.”

Only four players remain from Boston’s 2016-17 team that won a Game 7 against the Washington Wizards in the conference semifinals. Third-year guard Terry Rozier even made special mention of last year’s unexpected hero in Kelly Olynyk (now with Miami). The Celtics are hoping another hero will emerge from their young roster.

“I’m getting there, for sure,” Curry said after practice. “I’ve done a lot in the last two weeks, especially on my feet moving, getting back to movements that I expect to do in the games and try to build that tolerance and intensity. My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain with doing the things that I’ve been doing.”

“That’s my plan — to show the type of person I am now,” Allen told Mortensen. “Whatever team picks me, they are going to get that from me. I will set the record straight for any team, any teammate, the media, and I think once they meet me and they’re around me, see how I act and how I think, that it’s not going to be a problem at all.”

One of the NFL’s most outspoken players, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, doesn’t sound concerned about the Tweets. “He was a kid,” Sherman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “If you gave most of us a platform early in high school, I’m sure our immaturity would have shown as his did.”

“It’s unique in the sense he was (young) when he Tweeted it but it’s still not acceptable at all,” free agent linebacker Arthur Moats told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Moats is an eight-year veteran who played last season with Pittsburgh. “I think guys would definitely have a talk with him to make sure he knew not to say it anymore,” he said. “The biggest thing is making sure he knows not to say it ever again.”

“Everything just clicked,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.jets_049

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After Torres and Acuna, who are the next impact prospects to know?

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Gleyber Torres has been called up, and Ronald Acuna is on track to debut on Wednesday. Now that arguably the top two prospects for fantasy purposes are playing big league ball, who is the minor leaguer you’re following most closely — and potentially stashing on your bench — before an eventual call-up?

What’s to like: Once promoted, he’ll call one of the more hitting-friendly environments his home in Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park; and he has the kind of polished plate approach that should keep him out of painfully lengthy slumps and probably shorten his adjustment to major league pitching. I think he’s a borderline stash in 10-team, three-bench ESPN leagues right now — if you have the space to, obviously — because I think the call is coming for him within a matter of days, not weeks.

AJ Mass: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are manning the left side of the infield at Double-A New Hampshire. On Tuesday night, Bichette had two triples and Guerrero drove in his 19th run of April in a win for the Fisher Cats. Both are likely to be in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup in 2019 — but I’m holding out hope that at least one of them gets a second-half look in 2018.

Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.

Playing without injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh naturally fed off Crosby, who had a goal and an assist.

“Right from Sid, he led the way for us and it’s right down the lineup,” said Guentzel, who had a goal and two assists and leads the playoffs with 16 points. “You can’t get down. There’s going to be highs and lows throughout the whole series. You’ve got to stick with it to the end and we were happy to get three and end up winning the game.”

Matt Murray stopped 32 of 34 shots, keeping the Penguins in the game and maintaining the lead late with a sprawling stick save on Brett Connolly with 2:30 left. Unsure of what would happen at the other end of the rink with Braden Holtby dialed in, Murray could only keep the puck out as much as possible after allowing the early-period goals to Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.

Murray denied Michal Kempny from point-blank range and kept the puck out from a hard-charging Devante Smith-Pelly early and missed no opportunity to give the Penguins the impressive stop when they needed it.jets_100

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Saquon Barkley taken by Giants at No. 2 as team bolsters offensive attack

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The New York Giants added another weapon to their offense with the selection of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday night.

Barkley joins an offense loaded with weapons at quarterback Eli Manning’s disposal. They include 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., 2016 second-round pick Sterling Shepard and 2017 first-round pick Evan Engram.

Beckham FaceTimed with Barkley not long after the pick, and Manning sent him a congratulatory text. Beckham and Barkley did some training together in Los Angeles this offseason.

“I’m just truly excited to be a part of the New York Giants,” Barkley told ESPN after being selected. “When I got to visit their program, I fell in love. You walk in, you see the Super Bowls right away — and you see that team’s about winning, and hopefully I can go there and help as quickly as possible.”

Gettleman told the Giants’ website he instructed his lieutenants to not field calls after the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall.

It didn’t matter that Darnold was on the board. Gettleman said he could’ve turned in the card for Barkley with 9:58 remaining on the clock. Each team gets 10 minutes to make its selection.

Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and was the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Penn State. His 5,538 all-purpose yards, 53 total touchdowns and 43 rushing touchdowns were school records. The Giants were enamored with Barkley from the start of the process, and their offseason moves sent them in the direction of the draft’s top running back.

Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

“I’ve always been a big fan (of the wave), I saw it coming around, heard the music going, sometimes I try to have some fun,” Fleury said with a wide smile. “We did our best to stay sharp for that first game and I think we did. I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight.”

Fleury, who improved to 5-0 in the playoffs, got his 13th career shutout in the playoffs — and second straight. He also blanked Los Angeles 1-0 in Game 4 of the first round.

After getting seven goals from seven different players during a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round, the Golden Knights matched that with seven players scoring for them on Thursday.jets_137

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Bills, among others, bringing Baker Mayfield in for predraft visit

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The Bills pick 12th in the 2018 NFL Draft, and everybody knows they want a quarterback. So they know they have to cast a wide net.

But Baker Mayfield keeps turning up in that net.

After Darnold at No. 1 overall, there’s a good chance all quarterbacks drafted in Round 1 will be selected following a trade. The Jaguars re-signed Blake Bortles to what amounts to a Mike Glennon-Bears-like contract. They still need a quarterback for the future and not much else. Trading this year’s first-round pick and next year’s first-round pick (and maybe a little more) could do the trick.

The Raiders added Jordy Nelson to their offense in free agency, and they likely will use the middle and later rounds of the draft to tweak that side of the ball to new coach Jon Gruden’s liking. But they need to continue adding talent across their defense. The secondary isn’t Oakland’s biggest weakness, but Fitzpatrick is easy to like and could give the Raiders another playmaker.

In signing TJ McDonald a year ago, the Dolphins addressed a need at safety but didn’t fix the problem for the long term. Maintaining a strong secondary would be wise after losing their defensive leader up front in Ndamukong Suh.

A league source tells PFT that Griffin recently worked out for the Ravens, as part of a courtship that began last year. A contract was offered near the start of training camp in 2017, at about the same time the Ravens engaged in a public debate over whether to sign Colin Kaepernick.

Griffin spent last year out of football, after his lone season with the Browns. He spent 2012 through 2015 in Washington, a team that ultimately devoted three first-round picks and a second-round pick to acquiring him.

Griffin became the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year, but a knee injury originally suffered against the Ravens derailed Griffin’s career. He was benched in 2015 for Kirk Cousins.

The Ravens haven’t ruled out selecting a quarterback in the first round of the draft, but Joe Flacco remains entrenched as the starter — in large part because his contract makes it virtually impossible for the Ravens to move on.bills_067

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Kyle Long expects “no limitations” this season after three surgeries

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Bears guard Kyle Long has spent a lot of time in the operating room over the last couple of years, but he’s feeling optimistic about his health heading into the 2018 season.

As more players have mastered the Eurostep, a growing subset has also starting marking successful Eurosteps with an exaggerated, start-and-stop shimmy:

Boogie down, big fella. When a center pulls a Eurostep, he can do whatever the hell he wants.

Russell Westbrook is probably the league’s preeminent Eurostep mime. He’ll bust out two or three in a row, even during live play. He spasm-dances his way back on defense.

You’ve almost certainly seen this running, right-handed beauty by now. We all love Kuzma’s audacious 3s, and the way Lakers fans sing “KUUUUUZZZZ” when they see him rising. Everyone shoots 3s now. There are maybe a half-dozen guys with a bills_055polished skyhook. That thing is magic.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel, a failed first-round pick of the Browns in 2014, is now blaming the Browns for not realizing that they were drafting a guy who prefers to wing it.

“If Cleveland did any of their homework they would have known I wasn’t a guy who came in every day and watched film,” Manziel said in a visit to The Dan Patrick Show. “I wasn’t a guy who really knew the X’s and O’s of football.”

He’s right, but at the time the Browns supposedly should have been doing their homework, Manziel was doing everything he could to create the impression that he was fully committed to football. Manziel was so focused on football that a decision to visit the Nike factory in Oregon in February 2014 actually made waves.

So it’s now Cleveland’s fault for not realizing he was pretending to be something he isn’t?

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Josh Allen To Visit Jets?

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Will Josh Allen visit the Jets at their Florham Park facility, or won’t he? There are conflicting reports on that front, as we heard from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com earlier this week that Allen would indeed be making the trek to New Jersey, but last night Rich Cimini of ESPN.com suggested that would not be the case.

Dragging his overachieving club into the postseason with this season’s Hart Trophy-worthy play, Nathan MacKinnon shines as a long-shot fantasy gem on a team with little chance of advancing past the first round. However, those more audacious fantasy managers willing to go all-in on an Avalanche upset may as well also pick up MacKinnon’s linemates Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. Defenseman Tyson Barrie collected 57 points in 68 games this season, including 30 with the man advantage, and stands as the lone attractive blue-line asset.

In net, backup Jonathan Bernier has been outstandingly mediocre in relief of No. 1 Semyon Varlamov, who’s projected to miss the entire first round with an enduring knee injury.

During a loss to Dallas on Nov. 27, 2010, LeBron’s first season in Miami, a video clip of LeBron bumping Spoelstra as he strode toward the huddle during a timeout went viral. The team had lost four of five games at that point, dropping its record to 9-8, and held a long, private meeting following the game. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported a few days later that players were frustrated with Spoelstra and were “questioning whether he is the right coach for their team.”

“The Soul of Basketball” takes us one step further. Riley revealed in the book that the day after the Heat’s loss to Dallas, he asked James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to meet him in his office for 10 minutes to check on how the team leaders felt the young season was progressing.bills_044

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Moving to his left, a quick crossover dribble with his right hand allowed Simmons to begin showing his quickness.

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Ben Simmons sized up Doug McDermott as the two were isolated against each other near the foul line elbow, and quickly realized that he was not being guarded by someone who will be receiving any Defensive Player of the Year votes.

As McDermott fruitlessly swiped at the ball with his feet planted flat, Simmons scooted around him and went in for dunk.

Simmons was unable to record another triple-double (he leads all rookies with 12), finishing with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to go along with four steals.

Rovert Covington helped out with point-rebound double-doubles, J.J. Redick had a team-high 18 points, and there was not a heck of a lot else to autopsy after an afternoon matinee game that was as unremarkable as McDermott’s defensive prowess.

Except for this: Philadelphia recorded 32 assists, extending their NBA-high streak of having at least 20 assists to 33 consecutive games.

“It’s not easy to win in this league, 14 games in a row,” said Marco Belinelli, who added 15 points. “We are playing good basketball right now, on defense and offense too. I think today we didn’t play a good game, but we found a way to win this game.”

Manziel participated in The Spring League on Saturday, finishing 9-of-15 for 82 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked three times. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback played about half of the game, the first of two in the Spring League, a developmental league for NFL hopefuls.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com said he spoke to a number of scouts from the NFL and CFL about what they were seeing from Manziel, and the consensus seemed to be that he was “attentive and interactive.” Spring League head of operations Terry Shea, who has coached many NFL quarterbacks, said Manziel was asking the right questions.

“We’ll introduce him to, say, a play where a quarterback can go to the line of scrimmage and have a’check with me’ to one run or another. And then he’ll say,’Coach, I understand doing it that way, but would you ever consider it this way instead, and here’s why?'” Shea said. “He’s not challenging. He’s inquiring, and that shows me an active and engaged mind.”

Shea also believes Manziel has an NFL future.bills_008

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Packers WR Trevor Davis arrested for making joke about bomb at LAX

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested on a misdemeanor threat charge at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, police confirmed to NFL.com.

Patricia reiterated the importance of improving offensive balance, but also said the Lions will always do what’s necessary to win – whether that means running the ball more or throwing most of a game. Specifically, talking about the ground game, it was noted the Lions’ attack will likely mirror the Patriots’ multi-faceted usage of their backfield options from week to week to take advantage of mismatches.

“Anything we do, we certainly don’t want to give our opponents any advantage,” Patricia said. “Again, we’re always going to try to work hard than them, we’re always going to try to come up with a scheme that gives us and advantage and puts our players in position to make plays. It’s not necessarily the Xs and Os, it’s who is the X and who is the O and what’s the matchup.”

We know statistically your best chance of success is by rewarding your own players and maintaining that quality core. That is what drove that. We are certainly aware quarterback deals have evolved since then. We know that at the right time we will have to evolve as well. We don’t think this is the time right now. What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can.”

Dalton is due $13.9 million this year, which is on the low end for starting quarterbacks who are no longer on their rookie contracts. But with three more years on his deal, Dalton can’t really expect the Bengals to tear up his contract and give him a new one — especially when Dalton’s passer rating has declined three straight years.

Some day Dalton may get a new deal with the Bengals, but that day will not be this year. And probably not next year, either.

The free-agency acquisitions of Cousins and Siemian suggest Minnesota is set with its starter and backup. The former was made the highest-paid player in the NFL, and the latter finally finds himself in a clear role after a couple years of muddiness in Denver. Barring catastrophic injury or an enormous drop-off in Cousins’ production, the Vikings are set for a few years.rams_063

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Don’t tell that to David Johnson

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In Wednesday morning’s interview with SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio , host Adam Schein asked just how prolific new coordinator Mike McCoy’s offense can be if Bradford stays healthy this year.

“Oh, we’re going to be great if Sam Bradford ‘s healthy,” Johnson replied. “From me watching him personally, I’ve seen him do some great things. The biggest thing is just being healthy.

“Not just with the addition of him but with also with the linemen we got, the receivers and everyone else that we have added to the team on the offensive side, I think we definitely will be the top offense in the league this year.”

Bradford’s brilliant performance in the 2017 season opener (27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns) was one of the most impressive displays of ball placement we’ve seen in recent years. Playing behind a tattered offensive line the previous season, he led the NFL in completion rate (71.6) while topping Pro Football Focus’ accuracy ratings on deep passes (20 yards or more downfield).

A healthy Bradford is no afterthought, much less a laughingstock.

That said, there’s perhaps no bigger injury risk in the league. Despite Johnson’s optimism over the offensive line, it’s a shaky group tasked with keeping Bradford’s fragile limbs out of harm’s way.

In a recent poll conducted by NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, three of five NFL executives chose the Cardinals as the franchise most likely to trade up in the draft for a quarterback.

We’re waiting for a lot of results. I think there are a few more he’s probably got to go through, to follow up with some of the tests he’s had. I think they want to see some more on some things. I think he’s, for the most part, been through most all of them.

What are his symptoms?rams_008

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NHL moves up All-Star skills competition, game in 2019

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The NHL is moving up its All-Star skills competition and game next season.

After years of holding the skills competition on Saturday night and the All-Star Game on Sunday, the NHL is moving each event up a day for the 2019 weekend hosted by the San Jose Sharks. The skills competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and the game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SAP Center.

The league announced the change Monday.

Luke Walton’s team was already playing without Lonzo Ball (knee contusion), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and Isaiah Thomas (hip) when it lost Kyle Kuzma in the third quarter to a mild left ankle sprain.

Kuzma, who was already playing through a sprained right ankle, had X-rays that were negative on his left ankle. Butler was available to play Thursday night, but the Wolves opted to keep the guard out for one more game to be safe. Minnesota lost that game 100-96 at Denver.

With Butler back in the starting lineup, all five of Minnesota’s starters scored in double figures.

Jeff Teague had 25 points and eight assists and Karl-Anthony Towns put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks after a slow start. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves.

Romero appeared in two games this season for the Nationals, allowing three runs over two innings for a 13.50 ERA. In 55 appearances for Washington since the beginning of 2017, he was 2-4 with two saves and a 3.90 ERA.

Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Their general manager, Eric Tillman, was among the NFL and CFL representatives in attendance. A total of 17 NFL teams have sent scouts to practices, according to Spring League CEO Brian Woods.

Manziel attended high school about two hours away in Kerrville, Texas, and most of the estimated 2,500 in attendance Saturday at Kelly Reeves Stadium appeared to be in support of their local hero. Manziel showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability, leaving the pocket twice to complete passes — including the touchdown — while also producing scrambles of 11 and 10 yards. The competition was inferior to what he would face in the NFL or CFL, but he gave scouts of both leagues an important check-in on his progress.buccaneers_079

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