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The Minnesota Vikings were deprived of three points Monday night when Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner apparently used illegal means to block a fourth-quarter field goal attempt. Wagner put his hands on two teammates as he leaped over the offensive linemen en route to swatting down a 47-yard field goal try by Minnesota's Dan Bailey. Former NFL officiating chief Mike Pereira, now a TV analyst for FOX, tweeted, "Lots of talk about the Wagner block.
Jason Witten has been linked with a return to the Cowboys. The NFL has a multitude of problems: players committing off-the-field violence, the Oakland Raiders in general and, most worrying of all, the growing realization that the game is inherently dangerous to its participants’ long-term health. It was inevitable that there would be some growing pains over at MNF, as the show replaced the entire booth during the offseason.
Steve Kerr long ago ran out of superlatives to describe Stephen Curry. The Warriors coach isn't even trying anymore, not with the way his All-Star point guard is playing since coming back from a groin injury. Curry had 38 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Golden State beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Monday night in Draymond Green's return to the Warriors' lineup.
If there was any mistake before, there’s little doubt remaining that there is no love lost between Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pro Bowl running back who has held out the entire season over a contract dispute is now trolling his presumed soon-to-be former team online. The Steelers suffered an ugly loss to the now 3-10 Oakland Raiders on Sunday that cut their lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North to just half a game.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
The winter meetings press conference to mark Nate Eovaldi’s return to Boston may be the last major news the Red Sox make this winter. Coming off a 108-win season and a World Series title, the defending champions seem poised to have a mellow offseason. The All-Star closer looks like he’s fallen out of Boston’s plans, if Dombrowski’s comments during Monday’s press conference carry any weight.
The Houston Rockets desperately need help on the wing (among other things, but wing is the personnel focus). The Rockets would also like to have less salary on the books next season, giving them some flexibility and lowering the tax bill. J.R. Smith fits both of those bills, so Houston and GM Daryl Morey are at least taking a look at a potential trade, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.
When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers last year, LeBron James told the Cavs not to trade the disgruntled star. League sources say that when James became convinced Irving couldn’t be persuaded to stay in Cleveland, he suggested to the Cavs front office that it deal Irving to the Blazers for All-Star point guard Damian Lillard.
Nearly a full year since rupturing his left Achilles while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins is close to completing his comeback. The Golden State Warriors announced on Monday that Cousins has been assigned to their G League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Coach Steve Kerr told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that since the Warriors haven’t been able to practice much lately due to their busy schedule, this is the best move for Cousins: “He needs more intense, focused practice time.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was struggling through his rookie season until head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired. Since then, Mayfield hasn’t struggled a bit. Mayfield is one of the best quarterbacks in football in the five games since Gregg Williams took over as head coach and Freddie Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator, something no one would have called Mayfield when he was playing in the Jackson/Haley offense.
It hasn’t been an ideal kind of season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sunday was a microcosm of this entire flailing season. Up 11 points on the New Orleans Saints, the Bucs proceeded to give up 25 unanswered points and lose 28-14. Fox Sports cameras caught a Tampa Bay sideline fracas, as quarterback Jameis Winston and center Ryan Jensen engaged in a rather heated difference of opinion.
Sean McVay said he felt "sick" about the Los Angeles Rams' inability to take advantage of a strong defensive performance in a loss to the Chicago Bears that he blamed on himself. The Rams slumped to only their second defeat of another excellent campaign for McVay, who secured a playoff spot in his first season in charge and has steered them to a second successive NFC West title this year, with a 15-6 loss at Soldier Field. McVay's men have scored 425 points this season, the Rams coach seen as one of the masterminds of an offensive explosion in the NFL in recent years.
Big name free agents such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still on the market and expected to take home some of the largest paychecks in baseball history. The Mets and Mariners got started on the wheeling and dealing blockbuster deal for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, a number of other notable players are hitting the free-agent market earlier than expected. Veterans like Wilmer Flores, Jonathan Schoop and Billy Hamilton were all non-tendered by their respective clubs.
Not many of the Rams played or coached well enough to beat the Bears last night. Via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, the Rams were accountable after their 15-6 loss to the Bears, with everyone raising their hand for their share of the blame. Gurley being reduced to a bit player was a large part of that, though the Bears’ swarming defense was feared to stop him (Jared Goff‘s four interceptions were an added benefit).
The Chicago Bears held the Los Angeles Rams to 214 total yards and kept them out of the end zone Sunday night, logging a 15-6 win at Soldier Field that might play a major role in shaping the NFC playoffs when they start next month. Chicago (9-4) moved another step closer to the NFC North title. If Minnesota (6-5-1) loses on Monday night in Seattle, the Bears can wrap up the division crown next week at home against Green Bay.
Max Holloway, holding the Hawaii state flag, celebrates his victory over Brian Ortega in their UFC featherweight championship fight at UFC 231 on Dec. 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Twice in 2018, Max Holloway was set to fight and twice, he was yanked from the bout for medical reasons. “I missed it, and I mean that,” Holloway said after an impressive fourth-round stoppage of Brian Ortega on Saturday in their featherweight title fight in the main event of UFC 231 at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday was an overtime thriller filled with a flurry of offense in the game’s final minutes. Officials made a bizarre offensive pass interference call that wiped a late 75-yard Eagles touchdown off the board before Philadelphia bailed them out by scoring on the drive.
Much to the Edmonton Oilers’ chagrin, Milan Lucic isn’t the all-encompassing threat he once was. Lucic is still an enormous human, however, and sometimes you get a taste of what made him such a menacing presence in the past. Sunday stood as one of those examples, as Lucic delivered a thunderous check on Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic, then went toe-to-toe with Anthony Peluso in what seemed like a pretty even fight.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy showed against the New York Giants, when he had running back Tarik Cohen throw a pass on the final play of regulation for a touchdown, that he’ll call any play at any time. Expect anything with Nagy. On third-and-goal, in a huge nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, Nagy went to the final few pages of the playbook again.
David West used to be a calming influence in the Golden State Warriors locker room. The former two-time All-Star big man retired in August after a long career, and the Warriors are perhaps worse off because of it. Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have famously feuded with each other, resulting in a blow up during a game against the Clippers which left Green suspended and Durant miffed.
The Broncos looked beleaguered, beat up and undermanned against the lowly San Francisco 49ers. Case Keenum got going too late in a 20-14 loss to San Francisco on Sunday, four days after top target Emmanuel Sanders went down with a torn left Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday. The Broncos (6-7) were out of sorts early, then trying to play catch-up from a 20-0 deficit that saw Kittle take apart the defense time and again on the way to an 85-yard touchdown catch, 210 yards receiving and becoming the 49ers' first tight end to reach 1,000 yards receiving.
Trevor Ariza’s tenure in Phoenix could be approaching its end. Trevor Ariza likely figured his tenure with the Phoenix Suns would be short after signing a one-year, $15 million contract with the team in free agency this offseason, but he probably didn’t think it would be this brief. 26 games into a season to forget for the 4-22 Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in trade talks for Ariza that would likely ship out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a third team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
What a day for the Chiefs. Kansas City won on Sunday, and the leaders of the other three divisions in the AFC all lost. That means everything is setting up beautifully for the Chiefs to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. But there’
Of all the teams to get caught stumbling around on a once-in-forever miracle lateral play, you wouldn’t expect it to be the New England Patriots. The sight of Rob Gronkowski flailing trying to tackle Drake summed it up. Gronkowski was on the field to knock down a Hail Mary that the Dolphins were never going to throw from their own 31.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few calls a play against Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Phoenix. PHOENIX – It isn’t just the FBI that wants to clean up college basketball. The head coach of one of the nation’s top basketball programs wants it cleaned up as well – and he’s not afraid to call out the head of the NCAA by name.
Tom Brady visited with his family in the postgame locker room Sunday while the New England Patriots were still trying to figure out how they had just lost. Brady's young daughter offered an explanation. Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final 69-yard play Sunday to stun New England 34-33.
Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff health. Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina's postseason hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.
The Houston Rockets aren’t who we thought they were. The team that gave the Golden State Warriors a run for their money in the Western Conference Finals last season have looked unsteady to open the year, and despite jettisoning Carmelo Anthony, have not returned to their former glory. While this has much to do with overall team construction, individual players in Houston have struggled as well.
Officially, the duo of Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau finished seventh in the 12-team field at the QBE Shootout on Sunday. Unofficially, the pairing won the week at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., at least judging by the buzz they created. Or should we say the buzz that Thompson, the lone female in the field, drew with her power game.
Brian’e Miller is an assistant equipment manager for the Memphis Grizzlies. A longtime LeBron James fan, Miller wears The King’s signature shoes during each workday, a particularly fun pastime when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town as they did on Saturday night. James and Co. took care of the Grizzlies, 111-88, but the shoe habits of the 23-year-old Miller were not lost on LeBron.
You already know Patrick Mahomes is like the love child of Tom Brady and Joe Montana. Yes, that’s a damn no-look pass on an NFL field. Mahomes caught Demarcus Robinson for a 17-yard gain on a drive that would end in a field goal to close out the first half of Kansas City’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Green Bay Packers did well against the Atlanta Falcons, and in the third quarter their quarterback increased their lead with beautiful touchdown pass and set a new NFL record on the same play. Aaron Rodgers’ beautiful 24-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb put Green Bay up, 27-7. It also marked the 359th straight pass Rodgers has thrown without an interception, a new league record.
Mark Sanchez is known for making bad plays. When Washington was up against its own goal line late in the first quarter, Sanchez attempted what looked like a short pass to give Washington some breathing room. Sanchez went 6-of-14 for 38 yards, was sacked five times and had a QB rating of 10.7 before he was yanked with the Redskins trailing 40-0.
CLEVELAND (AP) Matthew Dellavedova‘s return to his first NBA home is off to a good start before playing in a game. Dellavedova, dressed in street clothes, was greeted by security guards and arena employees, and received a standing ovation from the crowd when he returned to Cleveland on Saturday night.
Steelers running back James Conner might only miss one game as there is a chance he returns from his ankle sprain next week, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Conner is fifth in the NFL in rushing entering Week 14 with 909 yards and he is second in the league in touchdowns with 12. According to Schefter, if Sunday's contest against the Raiders were the Super Bowl and not just a regular season game, the second-year running back from Pittsburgh could have potentially played.
The Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie will part ways after the season ends, according to a CBS Sports report Sunday. Head coach Jon Gruden, in the first year of a 10-year, $100 million contract, and McKenzie apparently haven't viewed players the same way this season. Gruden brought in players he favored and traded away two-time Pro Bowl selection Amari Cooper as well as Khalil Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time, first-team All-Pro.
Dallas Mavericks’ sideline reporter Dana Larson was where she felt she was supposed to be: On the sidelines. First, watch DeAndre Jordan doing a pirouette for some reason as he steps onto the court. If you thought the pregame for Dallas vs. Houston was fun, you should check out the final three minutes of the game.
When the Ravens were 4-5 and fading, players on the team believed that coach John Harbaugh would be fired absent a turnaround that takes the team to the playoffs. Three straight wins later, the Ravens are very much alive for the postseason. Per a league source with knowledge of the intricacies of the looming coaching carousel, John Harbaugh currently is viewed as one of the top candidates in the coming searches.
Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray upended Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, and in a few weeks he’ll play the final game(s) of his college career. Could Kyler Murray go baseball or football? “Kyler has agreed and the A’s agreed to a baseball contract that gave him permission to play college football through the end of the collegiate season,” Murray’s agent, Scott Boras, told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is "unlikely" to be healthy for the start of the 2019 season, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith is currently in the hospital as he battles an infection from surgery on his broken tibia and fibula. There is no guarantee Smith plays again in the NFL, per Rapoport.