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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant working out with young Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum caused enough of a stir on its own, but it didn’t stop there. Bryant was said to have asked why the Lakers didn’t select Tatum instead of Lonzo Ball in the 2017 NBA Draft. Bryant’s comments weren’t passed along as being critical in nature. But rather a bit tongue-in-cheek because of similarities Tatum has to him. However, it was interpreted by many as a slight. Particularly LaVar Ball, who claimed Bryant won’t fully accept his son because of Lonzo’s open appreciation of new teammate LeBron James. Leading up to the 2017 Draft, it was evident that the first three picks in the draft would be Marquelle
Below are a few more gleanings from the first week of NFL exhibitions. This time, attention goes to the small light flashing on the dashboard. Green-light developments were noted Monday. Let’s stay in the AFC West. How odd — and encouraging for Team Spanos — to see a Chiefs defender wearing 22 not named Marcus Peters. Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen would sooner hug cactus, I think, than give the chippy Peters much credit, but it can’t be disputed that the trash-talking cornerback made several big plays against the Chargers’ offense. Team Spanos was 0-6 in games Peters started. In the two games last year, Peters got his hands on five Rivers passes. Now he’s with the Rams, fightin’ not for L.A.
Ronda Rousey opened Monday Night Raw with a touching tribute to WWE legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who died Monday morning after a reported fall at his home in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Neidhart joined the WWE (then the WWF) in 1985 and gained fame as part of the legendary Hart Foundation along with his brother-in-law Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The duo won two tag team championships together. It was Neidhart’s role as a father that Rousey spoke about.
The Los Angeles Lakers baffled the NBA world this offseason by signing LeBron James, then building a team of seemingly ill-fitting pieces around him. In signing players like Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee, the Lakers said they wanted to add ball-handling, length, athleticism, and toughness. They also said James might spend more time in the post. In essence, they didn't want to build the Cleveland Cavaliers 2.0 and surround James with shooters. Jason Miller/Getty Images Former Cavs GM David Griffin, who helped build those Cavs teams around James, sees a problem with this Lakers team (like much of the basketball world). He explained to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck on the podcast
Every preseason brings its share of surprising cuts. Last-minute transactions by other teams have a ripple effect, or the way a player practices elevates his standing in ways we don’t observe, or the team is thinking ahead to 2019 and beyond, when the fan is thinking of the immediate future. Four young and returning Seattle Seahawks, who are penciled in to the final 53 by many, grounded in feelings of familiarity and unrealized potential, are featured here today as possible camp casualties. Not for injury reasons, either. Just for on-field performance reasons. One camp ago. Darboh was the highly touted, highly drafted Michigan product who was going to provide size (6-2, 215) and reasonable WR
Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. We track rumor accuracy in a weekly feature called Rumor Look Back you can find here. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Plans for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman to work house shows after SummerSlam has led many, including Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer,
Coming into this preseason, it was assumed that the Oakland Raiders would keep three running backs. Marshawn Lynch would be the starter, Doug Martin would back him up and Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington would battle it out for the No. 3 and final spot. No. 1 will not change as Lynch showed last week against the Detroit Lions that he hasn’t lost anything. But undrafted free agent Chris Warren III has changed the battle for the No.3 spot. As a matter of fact, he just might have changed the battle for No. 2 spot too. That means Martin could go from supposedly pushing Lynch for carries to the roster bubble. It all started with the joint practices with the Lions last week when he bucked Lions
The Green Bay Packers are 12 official practices, one scrimmage and one preseason game into training camp in 2018. Here are five players trending in the wrong direction through the first three weeks of camp: It’s going to be hard to forget Rollins getting beat so badly to the inside for a big play on the first drive last Thursday night. The rep was terrible from start to finish, especially from a technique standpoint, and he got beat by a fourth-string receiver. Rollins also mishandled a punt – costing the Packers 12 yards in field position – and he did nothing of note at safety, his new position. There’s a mountain of evidence suggesting Rollins can’t play cornerback. He needs to start making
Given the Patriots’ success, there are always going to be players across the league talking about them and how they do things, taking shots whenever they get the chance. Over the years we have seen Freddie Mitchell, Anthony Smith, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs, Ryan Clark, Ndamukong Suh, etc. take digs at the Patriots, but they don’t even compare to Lane Johnson of the Eagles. Following the Eagles’ win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl last February, just a few weeks later he called the Patriots a fear-based organization and said they don’t have any fun on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take. A week later, when given the chance to take the comments back on the same podcast, he doubled down. "And I
The New York Knicks aren't going to contend for a title any time soon, so they've wisely decided to plan for the future rather than trying to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race. That started when they traded Carmelo Anthony before last season, and it continued when they drafted two high-ceiling prospects in the first round of the NBA Draft: Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. They'll join Kristaps Porzingis (once he returns from injury) as the future of the Knicks franchise. One player who's apparently not part of that "future" could be Courtney Lee. In an Instagram post designed to get fans excited for the "Future of New York," the Knicks featured a mash-up of Porzingis, Knox,
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been one of the loudest voices — outside of president Donald Trump — in the debate among protests in the NFL during the national anthem. Jones has said that the Cowboys will all stand for the anthem on the sideline this season, and has constantly kept the debate in headlines — so much so that the NFL told him last month to quit talking publicly about the issue all together. Jones, though, was seen wearing a Cowboys hat during the playing of the national anthem before a team practice last month, which is a clear violation of acceptable behavior during the playing of the anthem.
The news that the Broncos signed linebacker A.J. Johnson today came nearly four years after he last played an NFL game. Johnson was kicked off the team at Tennessee during the 2014 season after he was accused of rape, and hasn’t played since. According to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver, several NFL teams wanted Johnson.
T.J. Oshie made sure some teammates who were not given a day with the Cup, got some time with the trophy. The NHL playoffs are arguably the biggest grind in all of sports. It takes 16 post-season victories and a full-team effort over the span of the two months to earn the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.
FOXBORO, Mass. — Some notes and nuggets from Day 13 of New England Patriots training camp: — Thirteen was an unlucky number for Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense. Brady completed just 15 of 28 passes in 11-on-11 drills during Monday’s practice and had a deep ball to Phillip Dorsett intercepted by rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson. His receivers, meanwhile, dropped a staggering 10 passes, including a team-high three by recently signed wideout Eric Decker. “You want to say yeah (the wet weather contributed to the drops), but at the end of the day, who really (expletive) cares, you know what I mean?” said Devin Lucien, whose two drops spoiled an otherwise productive practice for the 25-year-old receiver.
NFL preseason is officially underway, which also means it's fantasy draft season. While it's important to not overreact to what happens in games that don't matter, the preseason can give us an idea of how certain players will be used during the regular season. So let's look at a five players whose performances bode well for their fantasy prospects in 2018… 1. Cam Newton, QB Panthers Newton was solid in his first preseason action, but it was the play of his supporting cast that lands the Panthers quarterback at the top of this list. Rookie receiver D.J. Moore was open all night and did damage when he got the ball in his hands. Second-year receiver Curtis Samuel also made a few splash plays in
Knowing the top Fantasy Football sleepers to draft is pivotal to winning your league. And the only way to find out which sleepers to target is to come armed with the most advanced 2018 Fantasy Football rankings possible. Ask anyone who drafted Packers receiver Davante Adams last season. Adams scored a dozen times in 2016, but many experts still had him barely in the top 20 of their Fantasy Football rankings last year. The result: Adams had a whopping 10 touchdowns in 14 games and finished as the 12th-best wide receiver. The team at SportsLine was all over Adams from the start, labeling in a WR1 even with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in the fold, and he finished as the 11th-best wideout. Anyone
Running backs aren’t typically a hot trading commodity when NFL teams trim their rosters to 53 players every September, but the Detroit Lions might be in the rare position to finagle a future draft pick out of what appears to be a surplus in the backfield when cut day comes around next month. The Lions currently have six running backs (not including fullback Nick Bellore) on their 90-man roster, and will be hard-pressed to keep more than four of those on the active roster this fall. Rookie second-round pick Kerryon Johnson had an impressive debut in Friday’s preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders and has the makings of the Lions’ starting tailback at some point soon. LeGarrette Blount has been taking first-team reps much of the summer, and his role as the team’s big back isn’t in question.
Until the playoffs begin, the Red Sox can occupy the final six weeks of the season with pursuits like Mookie Betts hitting for the cycle (check), J.D. Martinez's Triple Crown bid (if Mookie gets out of his way), or Chris Sale taking home his first Cy Young award (Sunday was a step in the right direction). But there's a team accomplishment lurking within their reach, too: the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Those M's of Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone, and Ichiro fame set a modern record by winning 116 games (tying the 1906 Cubs). They outscored opponents by exactly 300 runs and didn't lose more than two in a row until the final week of September. At 85-35, the Red Sox have an outside shot at catching them,
While the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to officially pursue Paul George and LeBron James in free agency, they also were involved in a potential scenario to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs. Coming off a season in which he only appeared in nine games and one that included a disconnect developing with teammates and head coach Gregg Popovich, Leonard requested a trade in the offseason. It was believed his preferred destination was the Lakers, while a trade to the Clippers was also an option because it would allow for Leonard to return to Southern California. Although there were reported trade talks between the Lakers and Spurs, the former NBA Finals MVP was dealt to the Toronto
With the start of school around the corner, many parents will send their children off to class with expectations that as students they will learn from their teachers. When it comes to the basketball education of Lonzo Ball, LaVar Ball holds no such hope. SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH 🔥🔥🔥 The Lakers signing of LeBron James was considered both a boost for the team’s on-court fortune, and also because what the 14-time All-Star will mean to the development of the young core. However, LaVar doesn’t believe that is necessary nor possible for his son. During an appearance on Power 106 L.A., LaVar explained Lonzo and James don’t stand to learn from one another: “He can’t learn nothing from
Go, please: A Broncos fan is raising money to help the team get rid of quarterback Paxton Lynch. Quarterback Paxton Lynch, a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016, was so bad on Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night that the home fans booed him off the field. After watching Lynch go an abysmal 6-for-11 for 24 yards and one interception against Minnesota, Nick Andrew of Aurora, Colorado started a GoFundMe page to raise the $600,000 for the Broncos to buy out Lynch’s contract.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant paid a visit to the Drew League on Sunday, attending their championship game, and though he didn’t put on a jersey, it elicited memories of when the five-time champion did electrify on the circuit in 2011. With the NBA facing a 2011 lockout, summer basketball and pickup games became mainstream for several of the league’s stars. Kevin Durant in particular was active in the grassroots scene, and LeBron James got involved by playing in a Drew League game. Durant had also played games in Los Angeles. That fueled calls for Bryant to make an appearance in his local community, and when that moment came, he didn’t disappoint. Bryant participated in a Drew League
The 2004 Los Angeles Lakers are often cited as the first NBA ‘Superteam’ as well as proof that bringing stars together doesn’t always guarantee a championship. After coming short of winning a fourth consecutive championship, the Lakers added Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone to team with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant and were immediately deemed the title favorites. An outstanding start only served to raise expectations even more, but the end to the story is well-known now. The Lakers would win 56 games and go on a run to the NBA Finals before the Detroit Pistons dismantled them in five games. If you ask Payton, the main reason the Lakers failed was the injury to Malone, as well as
After reaching the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons while shouldering an unprecedented workload, the idea of LeBron James missing the playoffs entirely sounds blasphemous. Chris Mannix, however, thinks, with their current roster, the new-look Lakers will fall short of the postseason for the sixth straight season. "It's the island of misfit toys out there...and LeBron James," said Mannix.
Here’s what Bill Belichick told the New England Patriots in the locker room after the 26-17 win over the Washington Redskins in preseason’s Week 1. “I like the way we responded. Showed some toughness running the ball, stopping the run, got back and covered some kicks,” Belichick said in the “Sights and Sounds” video on Patriots.com. “We’ve got something to build on, but we’ve got a long, long way to go.” Other notes from the “Sights and Sounds” during the game: Matthew Slater took the field with the Patriots’ captains and told each Redskins’ captain: “God bless you.” Whether you’re christian or atheist, the sentiment is a nice one. When the Patriots fell into a hole on the scoreboard and a funk
The 2018 college football season hasn’t even kicked off yet but that won’t stop the NFL draft community from putting together way-too-early mock drafts. And while it does take a certain degree of insanity to form any real opinion from a mock draft in August, the exercise does help inform what next year’s draft class could look like. The Draft Network recently published a way-too-early mock draft and had the Chicago Bears picking third, something sure to insult the fan base. Keep in mind that the first round order was based on Las Vegas odds, which haven’t been kind to the Bears. In this mock draft, the Bears add the kind of pass rushing presence they’re still searching for heading into Week 2’s
A theory has been making the rounds regarding the lack of a contract between the Raiders and defensive end Khalil Mack. It goes like this: The Raiders and Mack are waiting for the Rams and Aaron Donald to get a deal done first. Also, why would the Raiders and Mack assume that Donald, who stayed away last year until the day before the season started, would sign early enough to allow the Raiders and Mack to get their deal done in advance of the Week One game between the Rams and Raiders?
The Chicago Bears should be considered at or near the top of any list of teams looking to add a top-flight pass rusher, especially considering that only Leonard Floyd provides hope for a double-digit sack season on defense. So why isn’t the team mentioned when Khalil Mack trade scenarios are discussed? The Raiders’ star pass rusher is in the midst of an ugly contract holdout that has led to speculation from all corners of the NFL universe about whether a trade is in the works. Sure, available cap space and trade compensation are the key elements in any Mack deal (should the Raiders be dumb enough to move him), and the Bears have enough of both to be a good match. According to Spotrac.com, Chicago
Jim Furyk will replace Tiger Woods as vice-captain should he make one of his captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup, with the 14-time major winner set to be one of his four additional inclusions for next month’s showdown in Paris. After a thrilling final day at the PGA Championship saw Woods narrowly miss out on a first major in more than a decade to fellow American Brooks Koepka, United States captain Furyk admitted that he will consider drafting in a replacement for Woods to allow the 42-year-old the chance to concentrate on his game at Le Golf National. Woods could still qualify in one of the eight automatic places, with Sunday’s runners-up spot lifting him from 20th to 11th in the rankings, but Furyk is almost certain to pick him as one of his four wildcards should he maintain his return to form and fitness.
True, Woods has been stuck on 14 major wins for a decade, and that pursuit looks improbable, with today's game owning more depth and firepower than ever. Given Woods was unsure he'd ever tee it up competitively again 10 months ago, that's a prospect worthy of praise. A figure that's extremely impressive, and makes the case Woods could have 16 or 17 majors already.
It sounds ridiculous to express concern about the Red Sox right now. They’re 50 games over .500 and already have 85 wins on the season –– matching their total from 2000, when Pedro won his second straight Cy Young and enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons ever. With a nine-game lead over the Yankees, they’re poised to coast into October. The Red Sox are the best team in baseball, and with the Astros scuffling, there isn’t even a clear second place. Then you watch Craig Kimbrel surrender a game-tying home run to Jason Smoak, Heath Hembree give up a game-tying blast to Joey Rickard, or Joe Kelly walk everybody in sight. All of a sudden, it sounds sensible to foster some questions about how
Part of the Mets’ many tasks to gain credibility and perhaps contention is to unclutter their corner-outfield glut, so among other things Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo cease playing center field. The Mets say they are built around their rotation, but those are just more hollow words until they prioritize defense. Their best future team has Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes (when healthy) at the corners. Nimmo, even with a second-half regression, has shown enough to be a placeholder until Cespedes returns and then at least a capable fourth outfielder. That leaves Jay Bruce as the odd man, in part because of the redundancy that he is a lefty hitter like Conforto and Nimmo. Bruce could move to first.
Everyone wanted to know more about Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman after their embrace on Sunday, but can we take a minute and talk about how Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims are the PGA couple of the year? They're adorable together on Instagram and even more when Koepka wins majors. Here's the pair after Sunday's PGA Championship win: EPA-EFE/TANNEN MAURY (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) And after the 2018 U.S. Open win: (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Although we all will remember their first major embrace because of Joe Buck's gaffe, it was still similarly wonderful: (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) Heart-melting stuff, you two.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley decided to speak out about the latest round of interesting life choices running back Le’Veon Bell has been making during his holdout. While Woodley spoke only on a single facet of Bell’s offseason that seems to be counterproductive to a guy trying to land a massive contract next year but it really only touches on the surface of the bigger issue many fans have. Bell is banking heavily on a huge season in 2018. He saw Todd Gurley reset the running back market with his contract but in order to make that his floor instead of his ceiling he is going to need a huge statistical year. With the string of somewhat questionable choices Bell has been making,
A day after Ty Dillon was eliminated from the Cup race at Michigan International Speedway after colliding with a piece of debris, NASCAR is still trying to identify the source of the item. NASCAR said Sunday night the object had disintegrated so completely, no part was recoverable to identify what the item was.
Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated Follow on Twitter NAPA, Calif. -- It was early in training camp when the famously early-rising Jon Gruden told Derek Carr he would come wake him up if an idea, or a play, popped into his head. At any hour. Sure, Carr was game. So long as Gruden knocked on the quarterback's hotel room door first, and Carr was not rousted awake by the Oakland Raiders coach looming over him in bed. “He always makes it uncomfortable for us,” Carr said of Gruden this offseason.
According to UFC president Dana White, an agenda was set up prior to UFC 226 that would see the winner of the main event that night then moving on to a showdown against former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is making his return to the UFC after last fighting in 2016 and following his most recent campaign in WWE, which is reportedly coming to an end in August. Cormier ultimately won the fight against Miocic with a first-round knockout, thus setting himself up for a match-up against Lesnar in early 2019 that will likely end up as one of the biggest events of the year.
Brooks Koepka's victory at the US PGA Championship on Sunday completed the best year of any golfer, according to legend Jack Nicklaus. Koepka beat Tiger Woods by two shots at Bellerive to add the title to his U.S. Open victory in June, the American successfully defending his 2017 crown. Having missed the Masters at the start of 2018, Koepka's efforts in Missouri earned high praise from the most successful golfer in terms of major wins.
While not every Bill Belichick lieutenant has left New England and found success as a head coach, Matt Patricia has taken over an already decent Lions team and brought a few classic Patriots traits. According to Peter King of NBC in Football Morning in America, one of the first things Patricia noticed about the team’s indoor facility was that the practice fields lacked fixed goalposts.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson expressed disappointment today that the NBA rejected the Philippine national basketball team’s request for him to compete at the this week’s Asian Games in Jakarta. Clarkson posted a message on his Facebook account today which reads: “I am terribly disappointed to say that I have not received the required consent to participate in the upcoming Asian Games with our [n]ational [t]eam.
Tiger Woods didn't get the victory he needed to qualify for the US Ryder Cup team on points on Sunday at the 100th PGA Championship. The 42-year-old former world number one fired a six-under-par 64 in the final round at Bellerive Country Club to finish second to two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka by two shots. Woods electrified the crowd with some superb shotmaking, bringing roars from spectators to rival anything he inspired during his prime.
Five months ago, David Bote had never stepped foot on the Wrigley Field sod. It's the kind of wild ride you couldn't even write a script about in Hollywood. A guy nicknamed "Hollywood" (Cole Hamels) was on the mound for the Cubs, but it was a kid taking his 91st career big-league plate appearance that stole the show.
Joe Maddon told Alex Rodriguez to leave his players alone. The Cubs manager and the former Yankee turned ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst discussed Rodriguez’s comments about Chicago starter Yu Darvish prior to the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Nationals at Wrigley Field on Sunday. “My job is to protect my brood,” Maddon told reporters. “It’s no different than being a parent.” Rodriguez, speaking to reporters, called the conversation during the ESPN pre-production meeting “brief” and “very positive.” “We don’t have to agree on everything, but I do have a lot of respect for Joe and obviously the Cubs organization and I have for a long time and that hasn’t changed,” Rodriguez said. According to The