"We were pretty much in sync," Cole said. "The games don't count, but they matter, so there's some good stuff to be learned.
Best: Acquiring Pageau a needed move for Isles
The Isles are in a win-now mode, which is a welcome change for a team that has not won a Stanley Cup in 37 years.
Lennon: Voit confident he can return to form
If you wondered where Voit's power went during the second half of last season, it disappeared when connective tissue in his core snapped.
Lennon: Randolph believes in Torres, and so does Torres
Says Randolph, ''He's got a great arm, he's got good hands, he does things very fluidly and smoothly, so I don't see anything where you go 'he's got to work on this or that.' ''
Lennon: Manfred should strip Astros of 2017 title
As the players affected by sign-stealing scandal plainly stated, it's a punishment that best fits the crime.
Logan: Nets are relying more on Jordan
The backup center is among a few Nets veterans who knows how to come out of the All-Star break with a physical presence.
Stephenson: For Quinn, Rangers' playoff chase has always been real
"I might have been the only one standing here that thought that,'' Quinn said with a laugh when asked why he always believed the Rangers were legit.
Popper: Knicks rebranding might also mend fences with past
Apologizing for the poor treatment of its past players could help improve the franchise's image around the NBA.
Gross: Isles GM Lamoriello tends to make smaller deals at deadline
Lamoriello will just as soon look to bolster his squad with a depth acquisition as bring in a marquee rental.
Glauber: There's a good chance Brady is done with Patriots
The Raiders or Chargers are the most likely landing spots for Brady, who could start a domino effect during a year that figures to have plenty of movement at the quarterback position.
Lennon: Yankees already have plenty of reasons to worry
What used to be considered mundane pitching exercises have taken on added significance in the past 24 hours of Luis Severino hysteria.