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Former number one draft pick Markelle Fultz will start the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA opener against the Boston Celtics. Sixers head coach Brett Brown confirmed guard Fultz – selected first in the 2017 Draft – will be in the starting line-up on Tuesday, with veteran JJ Redick coming off the bench. Fultz has endured a difficult start to his NBA career, the 20-year-old hampered by injuries and a hitch in his jump-shot through his rookie season.
If you think along the lines of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, you probably wanted the Warriors to sign veteran free agent Jamal Crawford. The Suns will pay Crawford $2.4 million, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. Crawford has agreed to a one-year deal with the Suns, league sources said.
As far as blockbusting openings to a season go, LeBron James choosing a second exile from his Ohio homeland and riding his white horse into California to rescue the Los Angeles Lakers is as good as it gets. The Golden State Warriors did the impossible in free agency, upstaging LeBron’s arrival in LA within 24 hours of 'The King' announcing his decision. Until his injury in late January he was looking at a max deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
McGregor and his team went into the fight knowing that Nurmagomedov would have a distinct advantage in the wrestling department. The UFC lightweight champion has been wrestling under the tutelage of his father from about the time he started to walk. Knowing that McGregor could be taken to the canvas and smothered by his Dagestani foe, his coach, John Kavanagh, focused heavily on how to stop the takedown specialist.
Jimmy Butler is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team confirmed on Sunday that Butler had practiced with the squad and is expected to play in Wednesday night’s opener against the San Antonio Spurs. This came as a revelation of a Sunday meeting between Butler and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.
Josh Gordon is working his way up the receiver depth chart in New England. Among Patriots wideouts, only Julian Edelman (71 of a possible 78 snaps) saw more work. For Gordon to be firmly entrenched as the No. 2 option at the position in the 43-40 shootout win over the Chiefs is a clear-cut sign of his progression within the offense.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has joined Khabib Nurmagomedov in talking up the possibility of a money-spinning bout. Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229 to retain his lightweight title, although the victory was overshadowed by post-fight incidents in which the two were involved in clashes with members of the opposing camps.
For the biggest dreamers among the White Sox faithful, here's how this offseason might be playing out. The top of that list looks like this: Clayton Kershaw (should he choose to opt out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and seek a new, more lucrative one), Dallas Keuchel and Patrick Corbin. Some might even have those last two names flipped, with Corbin, coming off an All-Star season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, second only to one of the best to ever throw a baseball.
UFC dual-division champion Daniel Cormier is slated to put his heavyweight title on the line opposite Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 main event on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden. Cormier defeated Miocic, the UFC 's winningest heavyweight champion, at UFC 226 in July. Following the victory, his attention immediately shifted to Brock Lesnar, who plans to return to the Octagon in early 2019.
Bell sent a tweet recognizing James Conner‘s strong play in the 28-21 win over the Bengals. Conner ran 19 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns to continue a good run as the top running back in Pittsburgh. Thoughts about whether that run will continue led to a joke from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the game.
Many people predicted what Brock Osweiler would do against the Bears. No, no, Osweiler decided to cover for an injured Tannehill and proceed to light up one of the best defenses in the NFL. Then Dak Prescott and the Cowboys followed Osweiler’s lead by ripping the Jaguars defense to the tune of 40 points.
In a game full of pivotal moments, one seemed to irk the Bears in particular following Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Driving on the Dolphins three-yard line, the Bears lined up in a T formation with Jordan Howard, Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen lined up left to right in the backfield behind Mitch Trubisky, who was under center. Burton motioned out of the backfield and to the right, and ran his route into linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Sean McDermott didn't like the hit that knocked Josh Allen out of the game, and he sure didn't like the way the Buffalo Bills finished without their rookie quarterback. The Oakland Raiders also lost their QB and a receiver in what's looking like a lost first season under Jon Gruden. The Bills fell 20-13 in Houston on Sunday, with the Texans getting the go-ahead score when Johnathan Joseph intercepted Nathan Peterman's pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had no interest in speaking to reporters after another questionable hit. Burfict was involved in another potentially dirty play during the Bengals’ Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the play in question, Burfict appeared to lower his elbow into Antonio Brown’s helmet.
There’s no doubt that you have watched countless hours of former NBA player Charles Barkley on “Inside the NBA”. There’s no doubt that Barkley is very good at his job and the role that he plays. Speaking on the radio in Chicago this week, Barkley said that he interviewed for the position and was sure he was going to be the man for the job.
Baker Mayfield and the Browns got grounded. A week after he led Cleveland to a thrilling overtime win, the Browns rookie quarterback was bottled up and bashed on Sunday by the Los Angeles Chargers, who rolled to a convincing 38-14 win in a game they controlled from the start. Mayfield was sacked five times, threw two interceptions, rolled his ankle and showed inexperience as a pro in his third NFL start.
Kurt Busch was upset with NASCAR’s pragmatism at the end of Sunday’s race at Talladega. Busch was leading when a crash happened behind him in turn 1 on the final lap. Matt DiBenedetto’s car slammed head-on into the wall in a wreck that included Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Trevor Bayne.
The Raiders travelled a long way to get embarrassed. The Silver and Black flew nine hours, roughly 5,600 miles to get destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks. Many, including me, questioned head coach Jon Gruden's decision to leave the West Coast on Thursday night and arrive Friday afternoon for a Sunday game eight hours ahead of their native time zone.
The Dak Prescott-led Cowboys have fielded one of the NFL’s most tepid offenses this season, leaving many Dallas fans pining for the days of Tony Romo. With the smothering Jacksonville Jaguars defense visiting Dallas on Sunday, things were expected to get worse before they got better. Prescott must have heard the noise and that Romo was in town.
Houston Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney made a perfectly legal tackle when bringing down Buffalo Bills running back Chris Ivory on Sunday afternoon. Ivory took a handoff early in the fourth quarter on Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston before breaking out to the left side of the field. As Ivory was about to slip through his hands, Clowney reached out.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ final play call on Sunday was beyond weird, but it almost ended up being a score for the ages. The Buccaneers played a high-scoring game against the Atlanta Falcons and had a chance to win at the end. Winston flipped the ball to his left just as he was about to be tackled, the ball was fumbled around but Mike Evans grabbed it and flipped it out to DeSean Jackson, who was wide open by the sideline.
NFL referees have been under the microscope this season for their implementation of the roughing the passer penalty, and the heat may be on again after a questionable flag thrown on Leonard Floyd. The Bears outside linebacker came after Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler right as he was throwing the ball, but he moved out of the way to avoid a big hit. Floyd was flagged regardless.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he used Boston Red Sox' Brock Holt as an example of sacrifice last week, spotlighting Holt's selflessness to his Celtics players after Holt was held out of the lineup one night after hitting for the cycle during the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Red Sox manager Alex Cora inserted Ian Kinsler at second base for Game 4 of the ALDS, one day after Holt became the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game.
New England Patriots cheerleader Morgan Dzicek will face a challenging test on Sunday night — singing the national anthem prior to the New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game — but it’s nothing compared to what she’s already overcome. Dzicek will be singing as a cancer survivor for the Patriots’ Crucial Catch game, part of an overall NFL effort to promote early cancer detection and risk reduction.
The Oakland Raiders have already made headlines in all the wrong ways by dealing away former first-round draft pick Khalil Mack, and now, reports are suggesting they’ll do the same thing with the team’s two first-round picks from the seasons right after Mack arrived. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning that the Raiders are actively shopping both 2014 first-rounder Amari Cooper and 2015 first-rounder Karl Joseph. Cooper, a wide receiver, has been an inconsistent but occasionally brilliant wide receiver, while Joseph has largely underperformed at safety.
Stephen Curry goes to the hole around Lakers center JaVale McGee during Wednesday’s game in Las Vegas. Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will avoid a suspension for stepping onto the court during what some viewed as an altercation in Friday’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who stepped on the floor with Curry, will also not be penalized, sources said.
Six weeks after trading edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears, the Raiders are reportedly shopping two more former first round picks: wide receiver Amari Cooper and safety Karl Joseph. "They already traded Khalil Mack. Now they are looking to shop Karl Joseph, their first round pick from two years ago.
Vance Joseph is definitely not having the time of his life. In an effort to avoid even bigger changes that could include a new head coach, the second-year Broncos coach is making a series of fairly small changes in Denver. Mike Klis of 9News.com outlines the differences that will be on display when the 2-3 Broncos welcome the 5-0 Rams to town on Sunday.
Luka Doncic is getting help from a variety of angles as the teenager makes the transition from European basketball to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. The Slovenian rookie has mom to keep things settled at home, 40-year-old fellow Euro transplant Dirk Nowitzki to teach what it takes to become an NBA MVP and young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to share the burden of expectations for lifting a fading franchise. “He’s one of the most high-profile guys to come through Europe,” said Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, in a better position than most to know.
NFL star Rob Gronkowski is signed to a six-year, $54 million contract with the New England Patriots. As he revealed in his 2015 book, " It's Good to Be Gronk ," he lives off his endorsements instead. Gronkowski, who recently teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios for their Good Rewards program , says that, as a veteran on his team, there is one piece of advice he always gives his rookie teammates about managing their money.
A two-time NBA defensive player of the year, Leonard is eager to show he’s healthy again after being limited to nine games last year because of a quadriceps injury. The Raptors want Leonard at his best right now, so they can push for the Eastern Conference crown, but also hope their new star likes playing in Toronto enough to stick around when he becomes eligible for free agency next summer. Leonard was the biggest splash in a busy offseason for the Raptors, who traded a package including franchise icon DeMar DeRozan to acquire the 2014 NBA Finals MVP from San Antonio.
Maurizio Sarri has revealed the touchline conversation he had with Jurgen Klopp that saw the Chelsea boss quiz the German over why he was smiling despite being behind. Liverpool were trailing the Blues 1-0 in September's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge after Eden Hazard smashed home past Alisson Becker in the first half. The Reds did manage to grab a point from the game, however, as Daniel Sturridge's late strike from distance got the better of Kepa Arrizabalaga to ensure it would finish 1-1.
Despite failing to keep up at the top of the Premier League, or perhaps because of it, Manchester United lead the transfer news on Sunday morning. First up is the story that United are attempting to secure both David de Gea and Luke Shaw to new contracts. Perhaps understandably, De Gea is not rushing to put pen to paper on a new deal to stay at Old Trafford – there’s a chance Jose Mourinho might dismantle it brick by brick if he’s there for much longer – and so the club could activate their option to extend his contract by a year in January.
Halfway through Friday night’s series opener, what had looked like another dominant outing from Justin Verlander unexpectedly became a tense affair. Now Verlander had two on, two out and a 3–2 count against Andrew Benintendi. Next in line if he lost the Red Sox’ leftfielder: J.D. Martinez, he of the 43 regular-season home runs and 130 RBIs, with a chance to break the game wide open.
Terence ''Bud'' Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose Benavidez hurled his way. Crawford used an uppercut to Benavidez's chin to knock him down the first time in the 12th and final round and then consecutive rights to put him down a second, prompting referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight with 18 seconds left. ''It feels so good to shut somebody up who has been talking for so long,'' Crawford said.