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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s not in Aaron Judge’s DNA to howl at an umpire who might have missed a pitch on him. And across his short career, Judge hasn’t very often looked at an umpire with a quizzical face. Nevertheless, when plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called Judge out on a 2-2 pitch in the first inning of Friday night’s 2-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, Judge’s face told you he didn’t agree with the ump. In the third inning it was much clearer that Judge didn’t like Cuzzi calling a strike on a 1-2 pitch. He lingered in the batter’s box and every so softly shook his head on the way to the dugout. Asked if he believed Judge was frustrated with the calls, Aaron Boone said he wasn’t worried
The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals cleared some space to try to re-sign a handful of key free agents by trading veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for the 47th pick in the NHL draft . Shedding Orpik's $5.5 million salary in the final year of his contract and dealing Grubauer before he earned more as a restricted free agent gives them more than $20 million in cap space. It's needed because defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny can become unrestricted free agents July 1 and playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly and top-line winger Tom Wilson will get raises as RFAs.
If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to land San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, and even potentially LeBron James, this offseason, they’re going to have to make some personnel changes. While there hasn’t been any official word as to who the Lakers would potentially deal to land either of those stars, one name is constantly being brought up: Lonzo Ball.
Are the Boston Celtics turning into the San Antonio Spurs? Appearing Friday morning on "Toucher & Rich" on 98.5 The Sports Hub, long-time Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande said that drafting Texas A&M center Robert Williams -- once speculated as a potential lottery pick -- late in the first round was a play straight out of the Spurs' playbook. "With the caveat that every team pretty much wakes up this morning and says ‘Wow, we nailed it', it's hard to imagine the Celtics could do better," Grande said.
First-round pick Robert Williams and the Boston Celtics seem to have some communication issues. First, Boston president Danny Ainge accidentally announced on a live web stream Thursday that the Celtics were going to draft Williams with the No. 27 pick -- not realizing he was live. Terry Rozier, Boston's backup point guard, was a guest on Bleacher Report's live draft stream and called Ainge on FaceTime during the show to ask who the Celtics were picking.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth stumbled to a three-over par 73 to fall from a share of the lead in Friday's second round of the US PGA Travelers Championship while Rory McIlroy hung tough. Reigning British Open champion Spieth, who fired a first-round 63, took a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 13th, his fourth hole of the day, and added three bogeys, an eagle and a lone birdie to stand on four-under 136. McIlroy, a back-nine starter like Spieth, began the day one off the lead and shot 69 to stand on 133, three strokes adrift of early clubhouse leader Brian Harman, a US left-hander who followed his opening 64 with a 66.
The Warriors selected Jacob Evans with the No. 28 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Golden State agreed to terms on a partially guaranteed deal with Kendrick Nunn, according to ESPN's Ian Bagley. Undrafted free agent Kendrick Nunn has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors, per ESPN sources.
It’s a rematch of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals! … Um, well, sort of. On Sunday night’s edition of “Celebrity Family Feud” (8 p.m., ABC), Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (and his clan) goes up against Houston Rockets star Chris Paul (and his clan) in a grudge match that features two of the NBA’s best point guards. There is some history here. Curry and Paul have been playing (and shimmying) against each other for years. Most recently, they met up in the hotly contested Western Conference Finals and Paul’s Rockets had the upper hand — holding a 3-2 lead — before the Warriors came back to knock off Houston and went on to capture their third NBA title in four years. Of course, Paul
Remember when the NBA draft was the highlight of the year for the Golden State Warriors? When they entered with hope, picked high, screwed it up, and we had to wait a full year for something big to happen again to the franchise? The Warriors do a few more important things these days than draft a tall young man in June and burden him with all their hopes and dreams. They win championships, sign superstars, hand out rings, throw massive parades. They’re such a different creature now that the mere mention of the Warriors franchise by Commissioner Adam Silver on draft night inspired boos from the crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That is a much different draft night experience than the sarcastic
Insofar as they don't expect to have Nick Young next season and can't assume they'll have Patrick McCaw, it's not surprising the Warriors selected Cincinnati's Jacob Evans III in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday night. Young and McCaw accounted for half the inventory, and Young was on a one-year contract and McCaw will be a restricted free agent.
Mitchell: OK, Adam, let me hear it: what are the big problems with the Milwaukee Bucks picking Donte DiVincenzo at 17 in last night’s NBA Draft? Adam: *inhales deeply* For me, it’s more contextual than anything else. I was enamored with Lonnie Walker IV or Zhaire Smith, at least one of which was going to be on the board for Milwaukee. The fact the Spurs selected Walker after the Bucks only made me more sick that Milwaukee passed on him. DiVincenzo the theoretical player seems totally fine, competent, a fine fit next to Giannis, yada, yada, yada. It seems like Milwaukee settled for someone “safe” and the draft is such a crapshoot, I don’t know if there is such a thing as a “safe” pick. I’d rather
On Wednesday I looked at potential relief pitcher targets for the Red Sox as the trade deadline approaches. That seems to be the consensus for the greatest need for the team. The second greatest need, in my opinion, is outfield help. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and J.D. Martinez are the best offensive outfield in baseball—and it’s not really close. The issue is Martinez is a terrible defender and is best served as the team’s designated hitter. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been getting daily reps in center field and is sporting a woeful .181/.278/.292 slash line. Forgive me if I’m not buying the Tim Neverett line of “he’s just hitting the ball hard AT people.” Bradley is miserable offensively and
The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t take a break after they got done with what was already a busy 2018 NBA Draft night for the team, signing Malik Newman two one of their pair of two-way contracts and also adding Joel Berry II to start undrafted free agency, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The team didn’t stop there, also signing Jeffrey Carroll of Oklahoma State to an Exhibit 10 deal, which allows the Lakers to guarantee him money while still having the freedom to convert his contract into a two-way contract before the start of the season: Malik Newman appears to be pretty easily the most likely of these names to actually make an impact on the Lakers. The Kansas guard was the 58th-ranked
If somebody told Clippers fans prior to tonight that they’d be trading one of their picks on draft night, dive bars all over Los Angeles would be filled to the brim with well-lubricated comedy writers, day-drinking and daydreaming about the Kawhi Leonard era. The Clippers, who could dangle a package including the Tobias Harris, the 12th and 13th picks and salary filler, were linked to the Spurs prior to the draft. But they, alongside every other fanbase with a stake in Leonard’s future, will have to continue holding their breath. Luckily, Clippers fans tuned in for more than Kawhi: the arrival of the Jerry West draft era (they hired him just day’s prior to last year’s draft). West might merely
The 2018 NBA Draft has come to a close, and as always, there’s plenty of talent left on the board. We’ve seen Wesley Matthews, Jeremy Lin, Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea and so many others find a niche, or even a starting spot in the NBA without hearing their name called on draft night. Teams will try their hand at these talents in the following weeks and at summer league, and someone’s bound to make the team. These guys have a tough road ahead. They’ll have to prove themselves even more than they did before the draft. Working out against the draft’s top picks and returning players, nothing will come easy. And the center of attention won’t be on them unless they find reason for it to be. Here’s a list
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, wants to know how two-time title contender, Yoel Romero, went from Mumen Rider to One Punch Man is less than 12 months. Especially considering “Soldier of God” put forth the performance of a lifetime roughly 24 hours after he suffered a “scary” weight cut that was so debilitating, his limp body was carried from the UFC 225 weigh ins. How can a 41 year-old athlete have such incredible recuperative powers? Probably magic, which is why Whittaker felt like he was fighting a T-800 when the cage door closed earlier this month in Chicago. The Aussie elaborates to GrangeTV (transcribed by Tom Taylor): “Whatever he’s hydrating
If there is a lesson to be learned from the first few eliminations of this World Cup, it is a bleak one. Russia 2018 does not care for your pretty football. Peru and Morocco have both spent two games weaving delightful patterns between both boxes, but haven’t actually managed to score any goals. As such, they’re going home. For those that have accepted their inner Galeano — the beggars for good soccer, hands outstretched, pleading for a pretty move — this is serious gutpunch. Apart from anything else, it’s a tragedy of scarcity. This World Cup will be made up of 64 games, but Peru and Morocco will only be involved in a paltry six. And two of those will be meaningless, at least for our beautiful
The Bulls had a decision to make Thursday night at No. 7. Staring them in the face was Michael Porter Jr., undoubtedly the biggest risk in the draft but also one of the most talented, and a fan favorite to boot. Both Villanova's Mikal Bridges and Kentucky's Kevin Knox presented options who would fill needs on the wing for a Bulls team desperate for a perimeter threat.
Moritz Wagner grew up in Berlin dreaming of an NBA career, and he went all the way to Michigan to chase it. The German big man will get his chance with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers chose Wagner with the 25th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, adding the versatile center as the next piece in their talented young core.
Hours after being named head coach of the New York Islanders on Thursday, Barry Trotz made his first public comments since stepping down in Washington earlier in the week. Although the value of his contract with the Islanders has not been publicly disclosed, Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman reported that Trotz is set to earn "at least $4 million" per year-or more than twice what he was earning in Washington. A source told NBC Sports Washington earlier this week that Trotz, who directed the Caps to their first Stanley Cup two weeks ago, sought $5 million per season for five seasons.
LeBron James reportedly likes Collin Sexton. It’s not hard to figure out a big reason why the Cavaliers took Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick at the NBA draft, nor is it hard to imagine the Cavs are likely hoping the move works out a little better for them than it did for James’ old team. ESPN Cleveland reporter Jordan Zirm reported last Friday that James’ people “like” Sexton.
The Warriors are the villains of the NBA. During commissioner Adam Silver's opening remarks, he congratulated the Warriors on winning back-to-back championships and was greeted with boos. Both conference finals were decided in Game 7s for the first time in 39 years and the NBA Finals featured some of the all-time greatest players and an all-time great team, the Golden State Warriors," Silver said.
NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte said he is “disappointed” by NASCAR’s announcement that it will not run the drafting package used in the All-Star Race again this season in Cup. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer told NASCAR.com that the focus would be on “some potential tweaks and focus on 2019 vs. a race or two this season.
Dwight Howard put up 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists against the Warriors on Dec. 29. What is expected to be a wild NBA free agency period this summer will have another surprising big name on the market — eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. After trading Timofey Mozgov, two-second round picks and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday as part of their cap-clearing effort for the summer of 2019, the Brooklyn Nets will negotiate a buyout of Howard’s $23.8 million next season, per Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.
After selecting Michigan’s Moritz Wagner with their first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers took another German native in Isaac Bonga at No. 39 overall (second round). They were in position to draft at that spot by virtue of completing a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Philadelphia received a future second-round pick and cash considerations in the deal. There was speculation the Lakers would use their three draft picks to trade for Kawhi Leonard. Bonga will likely remain overseas, and being that he’s a second-round selection, doesn’t count against the Lakers’ salary cap space. If not Bonga, the Lakers were reportedly considering Allonzo Trier and Jalen Brunson,
There are players that come into the NBA on a blast of youthful energy, making an immediate impact, attracting fans, altering franchises and becoming All-Stars. Dwight Howard was such a player. Which is why, with ESPN reporting Thursday that Howard is seeking a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets and expected to become a free agent, after which he would be available to the Warriors.
Dwight Howard has reportedly begun the buyout process with the Brooklyn Nets, seeking to become a free agent this summer and in doing so, latch on with a title contender. Several teams will vie for his services, including the Boston Celtics. Remember, Howard was considered a "Plan B" option for Boston a couple years ago if the Celtics failed to land their top choice Al Horford who as it turned out, was replaced in Atlanta by Howard.
While some living-under-a-rock Cowboys fans think Dallas is the only team in the league interested in getting safety Earl Thomas from the Seattle Seahawks, wiser fans know the heavy interest level is simply a result of Thomas’ declaration he wants to come home to Texas. Several other teams, if given the chance, would love to get Thomas in their secondary to help transform their defensive futures. The six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro should have several seasons of productivity remaining, as the 29-year old’s skillset is predicated on anticipation skills and knowledge of the game more so than athleticism. As such, if Seattle doesn’t offer Thomas the extension he’s holding out for, multiple
Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports Radio and FS1 has an issue or two with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. To his credit, Mayfield appeared in studio with Cowherd on Thursday, calmly and coolly sticking it to Cowherd for a God-awful take regarding Mayfield’s behavior following a touchdown against Ohio State in Columbus. “Our band is over there, our student section’s right there,” Mayfield said.
Despite the ugly denouement, the Dodgers pursued re-signing Darvish during the winter, while still trying to hew beneath the sport’s $197-million luxury tax threshold. Darvish opted for a six-year, $126-million deal from the Cubs over a less lucrative offer from the Dodgers. As the Dodgers pursue upgrades for their roster again this summer, they will remain restricted by their insistence on avoiding penalties from the competitive balance tax.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy knows rebuilding a professional quarterback from scratch isn’t a fast or easy process. It takes hard teaching, thousands of hard-to-find repetitions and countless hours of work off the field to recalibrate a player at the game’s most difficult position. Given that reality, it’s hardly surprising that young quarterbacks Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer aren’t shredding defenses in May and June. Open practices during the offseason workout program provided the setting for some hard-to-miss struggles for both quarterbacks, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “The overall body of work included myriad missed throws and would-be sacks for holding the ball too long
Despite not utilizing Johnny Manziel in his team's season opener last week, Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones believes the former first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns should be playing for a team in the NFL. "I've been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game,'' Jones told ESPN.com. "He should be playing in the National Football League, and I believe he will when he gets through with us.'' Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League after not finding any NFL takers during his stint in The Spring League.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard in San Diego earlier this week, after it was reported that Leonard has requested a trade to Los Angeles. ESPN reports that Leonard was not in favor of having the meeting with Popovich, but the Spurs are still hopeful they can retain the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, even after a frustrating lost season. Spurs legend David Robinson joined ESPN’s Get Up! on Thursday, and The Admiral said that Leonard needs to speak up for himself instead of letting his group decide his future for him. “I still think Kawhi has a tremendous amount of respect for Pop, and Pop has a tremendous amount of respect for him – and, really, that’s
Klay Thompson is taking his victory lap south of the border. Fresh off back-to-back NBA championships, the Warriors shooting guard and friends flew to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on a chartered jet, inviting a slew of Instagram models along for the ride, according to Terez Owens. In footage obtained by the sports gossip site, Thompson’s party pals enjoyed extravagant accommodations at a beachside villa, later hopping aboard a luxurious yacht. Some even took to social media, documenting an evening of softball practice. Thompson, 28, kept his own Instagram feed focused on Golden State’s latest conquest. “ABOUT A WEEK AGOOOOOO!!! #3ofem,” Thompson posted Monday. The three-time NBA champ isn’t the only
The 2018 NBA draft is in the books. From Deandre Ayton to Omari Spellman, SI's draft analyst Jeremy Woo examines each selection and breaks down each team's logic. In my eyes, Ayton has been the top prospect in this draft dating back to October, and his clean fit in Phoenix, freakish athletic traits and developing skill level make him more than worthy for this selection.
In the last year, the Cavaliers have shipped off Kyrie Irving, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, just to name a few. Yet the one cog who has lived on the trade block for his four-year tenure is somehow still around. And, maybe for the first time, appearing safe. It looks like Kevin Love won’t join that game of musical chairs, as the Cavaliers are not actively shopping their power forward, according to ESPN, ahead of Thursday’s draft. The report states that the team wants to keep Love regardless of LeBron James’ decision to stay or leave Cleveland. Love’s meshing with James has been a constant storyline since the two made their way to Cleveland in 2014. He
Don't be surprised if Andy Reid is begging the Redskins to trade Alex Smith back to Kansas City this year. OK, that probably won't happen, but there might be some Chiefs fans who want him back later this year and that's because there's definitely a possibility that things could get ugly for Patrick Mahomes. Heading into his first season as Kansas City's starting quarterback, Mahomes and the Chiefs will be facing the toughest schedule in the entire AFC this year. With the regular season still almost three months away, you might be wondering how we already know that the Chiefs have the most difficult schedule in the AFC, and that's because we went ahead and devised a formula so we could rank
The saga surrounding Phil Mickelson’s U.S. Open antics at Shinnecock Hills have stretched well beyond last Saturday afternoon. Five days later, there’s still fascination with what the heck Mickelson was thinking when he ran after his moving ball and hit it back towards the hole before it rolled off the 13th green. The latest development comes by way of Mickelson sending out an apology through a select group of reporters, including Golf Digest’s Dave Shedloski.