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Jan 14, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma and guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and center Natalie Butler (51) clap on the bench during the second half against the SMU Mustangs at Moody Coliseum. Connecticut won 88-48, for their 91st consecutive victory an NCAA record. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 14, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma and guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and center Natalie Butler (51) clap on the bench during the second half against the SMU Mustangs at Moody Coliseum. Connecticut won 88-48, for their 91st consecutive victory an NCAA record. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

When Natalie Butler arrived at the University of Connecticut after her Big East Freshman of the Year season at Georgetown in 2014, she seemed to be just what the Huskies needed.

With UConn losing WNBA first-round draft picks Stefanie Dolson in 2014 and Kiah Stokes in 2015, Butler was in the perfect spot to give the Huskies the post presence they'd need going forward.

The 6-foot-5 native of Fairfax Station, Virginia, impressed her teammates in the year she out due to NCAA transfer rules. But a thumb injury early in the 2015-16 campaign set her back and she never found the confidence she needed to be a consistent contributor in her two seasons.

UConn announced Wednesday that Butler has decided to transfer from UConn to her hometown school George Mason University. 

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You've seen what the UCONN Women's Basketball team is like on the court, but what about off the court? SNY.tv's TV Timeouts provide an in-depth look at the players' personalities, hobbies, thoughts on Coach Auriemma and playing at UCONN.

Get to know senior C Natalie Butler better!

Video: UConn TV Timeout: Natalie Butler

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NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.

Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."

Tags: Boston Celtics, Butler, Adam Zagoria
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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver a new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, new interim UNLV head coach Todd Simon joins the show to discuss the state of the program and the current recruiting class. Then, Butler head coach Chris Holtmann calls in to talk about Roosevelt Jones, the Big East, and his recruiting philosophy. 

Later, Adam and Josh talk to Jason Curry of Big Apple Basketball about the event this weekend, including the big names that will be there like Rawle Alkins, Sacha Killeya-Jones, and more. Finally, the show wraps with a college hoops news round up, including all the rumors surrounding John Calipari and his future.

Tags: 4 Quarters Podcast, Butler, UNLV, Adam Zagoria, Josh Newman
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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett, beno udrih, Brandon Jennings, Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, iman shumpert, j.r. smith, Jason Kidd, jason terry, Jimmy Butler, joe johnson, Josh Smith, Kenyon Martin, kevin garnett, Knicks, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, metta world peace, paul pierce, Raymond Felton, tyson chandler, Sam Spiegelman
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Just a quick not that according to the Miami Herald's website on Saturday, OLB Antwan Barnes has had some initial discussions with Miami about joining the Dolphins, ?but that they "haven't advanced" much beyond that.

While Barnes and the Jets seemed keen on getting a deal done, Rotoworld reported that the Jets were not willing to offer Barnes more than $2 million per season to play in New York. ?Barnes will see if the market will offer him more, but it's probably reasonable that the Jets offer will remain open for at least a little while. ?

Meanwhile, the idea of bringing in Victor Butler still seems to be in the ether. ?What ever happened with that one? ?After leaving Pittsburgh last week and whispers of interest from the Saints, Butler has yet to sign anywhere ... so were Butler and the Jets actually interested in each other? ?No one seems to know much about Butler's status, but he would be a nice addition to the Jets if the front office could find the right ways to convince him to play in New York and do so at the right price.

Tags: Antwan Barnes, NYJets, OLB, Victor Butler, Brian Bassett
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The Devils placed Bobby Butler on waivers Sunday, hoping to sneak him back through to Albany. Unfortunately for New Jersey, he didn't quite make it there.

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/308626392529133568

Obviously, this was always a possibility. It's probably why they held onto Butler for an extra game instead of waiving him when Ryan Carter was healthy. In situations like this, you want to be extra sure about the player in case you can never get him back. As I've said a couple times, I was a fan of Butler's shot and I thought he had some nice offensive potential. That said, the Devils gave him multiple chances in offensive situations, including long runs on the first power-play unit, and he never really delivered. If he could have finished on just a couple of those chances, he'd likely still be a Devil. Hell, he'd probably be playing 15 minutes a night -- but that wasn't the case. Someone with a shot like Butler's is always going to get extended looks. That's just how the league works. But if he doesn't start finishing those goals, he may end up as one of those perennial AHL/NHL tweener guys. The question now is who the Devils will call up to replace his spot on the roster. Hmmm.

Tags: Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, News, Predators, Preds
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The Bobby Butler experiment is apparently over.

Butler, who registered only two points in 16 games, was placed on waivers Sunday.

Butler had seen his ice time cut drastically the last two games. The forward, who signed with New Jersey last offseason after a three-year stint in Ottawa, was a minus-1 in only 5:19 of the Devils' 4-3 loss Saturday in Buffalo.

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You may have noticed that a certain 6-foot right wing was almost nowhere to be found after the second period Thursday night. Bobby Butler, who had spent parts of the past three games skating with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' top line, was eventually glued to the bench last night.

He played roughly six minutes in total and took just one shift in the third period. But why the benching? Pete DeBoer wasn't talking.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/307342018340864000

Tags: Albany Devils, Bobby Butler, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Ryan Carter, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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Alexei Ponikarovsky is back in black (and red). The Devils re-acquired the left wing in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fourth- and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft. You may remember the Devils let Ponikarovsky walk in the offseason after he put up seven goals and 20 points in 33 regular-season games last season. He also had a goal and eight assists during the Devils' run to the Stanley Cup final.

So why bring Ponikarovsky back? You mean besides the gaping hole at left wing on the first and fourth lines? Kidding.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/301864045521276928

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, News, news, Stefan Matteau, Trade
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https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/300734236682514432

It looked scary when it first happened, especially the way Butler reacted, but it's likely just a very bad bruise.

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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That was such an impressive win for the Devils and it came after a poor first 10 minutes that may have been partly due to the earlier start. Regardless, the last 50 minutes of that game were reason for the Devils and Pete DeBoer to smile. Some thoughts...

Huge, Tom, huge: To borrow a phrase from TV car mogul Billy Fuccillo, there's not enough "U's" on the keyboard to describe how big of a win that was for the Devils. Not only because they beat a division rival that was one point ahead of them for first place in the Atlantic. Not only because they shut down the high-powered Pens offense for long stretches. Not only because they sent a message by rebounding from last week's 5-1 win. This was big because of how the Devils played after nearly getting run out of the rink in the first 10 minutes while the Penguins were all over the ice. Part of that was due to the three first period power plays, which took Pittsburgh out of its offensive rhythm, but also because Krys Barch stood up to Deryk Engelland roughly nine minutes into the first period. Engelland was running all over the ice, getting in David Clarkson's face and giving the Devils all sorts of trouble every time they tried to enter the Pittsburgh zone. After Barch fought Engelland, the Devils started to get some offensive momentum going and began to push back against the Pens. I know I'm not always a huge advocate of dressing a guy like Barch, but he was one of the big reasons the game turned around halfway through the first period.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Penguins, Pens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stefan Matteau
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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets continue a tough homestand against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center.

The Nets suffered their first home loss under P.J. Carlesimo Wednesday to the Miami Heat and have now lost three of their last four games.

Still without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are one of the league?s hottest teams having won eight of their last 10 games.

Tags: brook lopez, bulls, deron williams, derrick rose, jimmy butler, joakim noah, luol deng, nate robinson, Nets, nets, pregame primer
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So about that Bobby Butler guy...

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/296271773283004416

Not quite sure what to make of this. The 30-year-old Anderson has seven goals and 13 assists this season for Albany. He was took part in training camp with the Devils prior to the 2010-11 season, but has never played an NHL game. For more info on Anderson, visit his AHL bio page here. As for Butler not getting the call, it's a little confusing, although it makes sense when you notice he started training camp on the top line and ended on the last. He obviously struggled to impress on an NHL level and they may want someone more steady and defensively responsible to play on the last two lines.

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The Devils demoted Mattias Tedenby to their AHL affiliate in Albany on Monday -- a move not all that surprising given Tedenby's limited minutes in recent games. The question now is who will replace him on the roster. Adam Henrique's not quite back yet and in the end, he'll likely take Stefan Matteau's spot. Could it be Bobby Butler, who was one of the last players cut in training camp two weeks ago?

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

That sounds like it could be right wing Bobby Butler who gets the call after playing in tonight?s AHL All-Star Game in Providence.

Tedenby, who will turn 23 on Feb. 21,? had no goals and one assist in the Devils? first four games of the season.

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As we wait for Bobby Butler to clear waivers or be claimed by another team, the general expectation is Mattias Tedenby will be recalled to take his roster spot (UPDATE: Devils confirm he'll be recalled at noon). Judging by the morning skate, he'll take LW on the second line with Patrik Elias at C and David Clarkson at RW.

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Also, looks like Adam Larsson will be among the inactives tonight, meaning Henrik Tallinder will likely be on the third defensive pairing.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils
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Two transactions as we approach the 5 p.m. cutdown deadline..

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Tags: Bobby Butler, cutdown day, Devils, Devs, Harri Pesonen, New Jersey Devils, News, roster cuts, Tim Sestito
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The Devils will look to mine offense from secondary sources this year. As we discussed yesterday, David Clarkson will be part of the equation, but the Devils will need more than that to remain in playoff contention. For this, they'll have to look a little deeper and if you've been paying attention through the first few days of camp, you'll have noticed a trend: Bobby Butler playing in key situations.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

Through the first three days of camp, he?s been skating on a line with first-line center Travis Zajac and today he practiced on the first power-play unit.

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the New England Patriots have released CB Darius Butler after failing to acquire a trade for him.

The New York Giants should be the first team in line to acquire his services. Butler has playoff experience and can add great depth to a secondary ravaged by injury. After an offseason of horrible moves and missed opportunities the Giants must act fast to grab this unexpected quality free agent.

If GM Jerry Reese once again fails to nab a much needed free agent Giants fans will be in an uproar and he may find himself on the hot seat.

Tags: 2011 NY Giants, Darius Butler, Free Agency, Jerry Reese, New York Giants
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