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New San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster had an interesting beginning to his NFL career, as he explained during his introductory press conference on Friday. According to Foster, by the time the 31st pick rolled around, the New Orleans Saints had called him, essentially welcoming him to the team because they were going to take him with the 32nd overall pick, the last of the first round. Foster explained that while the Saints were talking to his girlfriend on the phone, he got another call.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:41 pm
The Cleveland Browns came away without a quarterback at the conclusion of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, much to everyone's surprise. According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns tried to trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday and were rebuked. As a result, the Browns now have a treasure trove of picks next year — two first-rounders, three second-rounders, and two fourth-rounders.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:58 pm
Tottenham and Arsenal meet in the North London derby as the sides trend in different directions.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:32 pm
In the weeks leading up to the draft, there was a lot of chatter about the Chargers drafting a quarterback and perhaps even taking one in the first round as they looked ahead to a time without Philip Rivers leading their offense. Rivers said that any rookie quarterback the team adds would have to be prepared to sit for a while, but he made it clear on Friday that he’s happier about the route the Chargers actually took on Thursday night. They drafted wide receiver Mike Williams, who provides Rivers with another target for his passes and sends a message that they are focused on the here and now more than what might happen a few years from now. “I’m glad we made a move that I think helps us right
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:12 pm
Ben Crane’s name was put in the streets this week at the Zurich Classic. One PGA Tour pro blasts another for not paying up and reminds us how much we wish we had more public golf beef. The enormous purses at each and every event on the modern PGA Tour (thanks Tiger!) guarantee the winner at least $1 million.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:12 pm
Yesterday was a pretty big day for the Roc Nation Sports agency as client Leonard Fournette was selected No. 4 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL draft. ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that this was the highest draft pick in Roc Nation history. The only problem? Dallas Wings point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith was selected No. 3 overall by the franchise when it was still in Tulsa. When she was alerted to the mistake, Diggins-Smith quickly corrected Rovell.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:03 pm
Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King put a disrespectful Twitter user in his place early Friday morning, and in this case, the troll’s place is the dentist office. King congratulated former USC cornerback Adoree Jackson via Twitter after he was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He also told Jackson that he hopes to see him as the Titans’ punt returner in Week 1 to give him a proper welcome to the NFL. Jackson replied to the tweet admirably, as he respectfully asked King to not “kick the ball too good.” However, the same couldn’t be said for another Twitter user, as DJ Renteria trolled King by mentioning Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill when
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:56 pm
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — The first team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years has produced the first penalty for slow play since 1995. PGA Tour officials say Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were penalized one shot on the 14th hole of the opening round at the Zurich Classic for their second bad time. They opened with a 74 in foursomes. They were on the clock when Carballo went over his allotted time on the 12th hole. Then, Campbell had a bad time on the 14th hole. Typically, a player receives a warning after the first bad time and a one-shot penalty after his second. Because they were a team in foursomes, however, rules specify that a "player" includes his partners. Until Thursday, the last time
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:55 pm
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Kings promoted Mike Futa to assistant general manager. Because it’s now being reported, via a Kings spokesman, that the Sabres have been granted permission to speak with Futa about their GM vacancy. Futa was once thought to be heir apparent to Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:53 pm
The Nashville Predators never really got rolling during their 82-game schedule. The Preds swept the Blackhawks, and now they’re up 1-0 on the Blues in the second round. A quick glance at Nashville’s roster and it’s not hard to understand the preseason hype.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:17 pm
The New York guard has missed the first few days of training camp and isn't expected with the team any time soon.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:04 pm
Accused of rape just days before the 2017 NFL draft, former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley needed to do everything in his power to prove the allegations false if he ever wanted to play a down in the NFL, including a polygraph test. Conley took a polygraph test shortly after the allegations surfaced in the media to prove he was telling the truth, and after yielding positive results, he had his agent email the lawyer’s follow-up statement to NFL teams on Thursday night, per MMQB. The email must have made it’s way to the Oakland Raiders’ inbox, as general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis both agreed to select Conley at No. 24 overall on Thursday. McKenzie also emphasized he did
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:36 pm
April 28 (UPI) -- Celebrity couple Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler will move to Nashville next week. The 30-year-old television personality confirmed in an interview with People that she and Cutler are moving their family Tuesday in the wake of the 33-year-old NFL star's cut from the Chicago Bears. "I have to say I'm kind of sad," Cavallari confessed. "My mom is in Chicago. I've made a lot of really good friends, so I definitely am sad." "[Nashville] has always been the plan," she said. "And I am really looking forward to being in one place, setting up shop, getting my kids in school there." "Knowing that we're going to be there for a very long time, if not forever, is a very exciting thing
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:21 pm
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about how it’s dumb to criticize players for entering the NBA Draft without costing themselves their collegiate eligibility when the NCAA’s new NBA Draft rules are specifically designed for said players to be able to do that. In that column, I mentioned that D-League salaries are on the rise and that the NBA’s new CBA instituted something called “two-way contracts,” and I wanted a chance to elaborate and clarify a couple of the points that I made. Let’s start with the “two-way contracts,” which NBA teams each get two of.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:53 pm
Confusion reigned supreme in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. The Braves had a reliever named Jason Motte warming up in the bullpen, but the guy they showed on camera bore no resemblance to the lumberjack-bearded pitcher we all know. Beardless Jason Motte warms up for the Atlanta Braves.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:02 pm
As per FIFA’s last Big Count, around 24 million Americans were playing football in 2006 and 30 percent of American households contained someone playing the game. There are somewhere around 4.2 million players registered with US Soccer, compared to 2014’s tally of just 3 million. And during recent times, soccer has arguably become the second most popular participation sport in the States, behind baseball, even though its cultural imprint remains significantly smaller than the National Basketball Association (NBA) or the National Football League (NFL). While the numbers suggest that the spike in popularity is genuine, there is still great scope for improvement – and specifically so in respect of
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:48 pm
This is the next chapter in the “cupcake” saga between the two former Thunder teammates. It was a phrase known by his teammates — so Westbrook absolutely knew what he was doing when he posted a photo of cupcakes on his Instagram account shortly after Durant announced he would be joining the Warriors.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:09 pm
With the No. 25 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select safety Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. Round 1 "I don't like this pick at all. Where does he play?" Prisco added on our live draft show that this is an "awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful pick with a capital A, which is why I give them an F." Our friends at the Orange and Brown Report have every angle covered for Cleveland's draft. Plus, you can get a free month of insider access when you buy a one month membership today. Just use the promo code BROWNSDRAFT when you sign up to take advantage of this draft special. The Browns are going to get some publicity for their first round in this draft, because they added Myles
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:07 am
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- Air Force Maj. Alex Turner has done it hundreds of times. The F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot took off June 2, 2016, for an Air Force Thunderbirds flyover during the Air Force Academy graduation. He was well-informed on the flying routine and communicated consistently with his teammates -- standard procedure for any flyover. "I never approach flying … with a cocky or naive or complacent attitude because there are people out there who think bad things aren't going to happen, whereas I am the opposite -- prepare for the worst hope for the best," Turner said during an interview. Military.com sat down with Turner, caught up with members of the team and even took a ride
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:00 am
Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm and Evan Doherty break down the best and worst from the first night of picks in Philadelphia.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:55 am
The Miata remains a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, which lists predicted reliability as above average. The RF carries a starting manufacturer's suggested retail prices with destination charge of $32,730 with manual transmission and $33,460 with automatic. The new RF is positioned above the 2017 soft-top Miata, which remains the most affordable MX-5 Miata with a starting MSRP with destination charge of $25,790 for a manual transmission model. The starting MSRP with destination charge for a 2017 MX-5 Miata soft top with an automatic transmission is $27,720. Both of these base models have Sport trims and include canvas roof, black, cloth-covered seats, keyless entry and power windows,
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:05 am
ALAMEDA – Gareon Conley’s name has been sullied, at least temporarily. He feared it would be long enough to send him free falling down the NFL Draft. The Ohio State cornerback and top-15 prospect was accused of rape stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland, an allegation he called “completely false.” The Raiders clearly believe him. That’s why they drafted him No. 24 overall on Thursday evening, and expect him to be a long-term solution in their secondary. Conley wasn’t sure how far he’d fall after being beaten down by one rough week, when the allegation went public. Reggie McKenzie’s first-round selection and subsequent call was more emotional than expected. “It made it 10 times more special,”
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:52 am
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bloatedweight champion Johny Hendricks is suddenly relevant at 185 pounds, thanks to a unanimous decision victory over ex-Bellator middleweight kingpin Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax. Okay, so maybe “Bigg Rigg” is not ranked in the top 15, but neither is former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and “Rush” was able to walk through the 185-pound door and secure an immediate title shot. Which may put him in line for a Hendricks rematch, according to the bearded brawler, who told Submission Radio that history will repeat itself if and when they ever come to blows for a second time. His words: “I can’t wait to retire him again.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:00 am
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been in detailed contract talks with legend Floyd Mayweather to compete in a boxing match. Despite not having everything nailed down yet, the two men continue to taunt each other in interviews and through the wonderful world of social media. McGregor’s latest attempt at hype is an Instagram video of him in the ring with longtime head striking coach Owen Roddy, running down the idea of fighters only understanding one discipline of unarmed striking. He goes as far as to say that single-discipline fighters (ie. boxers) would be “dismantled and killed” in a real fight: A post shared by Conor
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:00 am
Chino Hills High School is looking for a new head boys basketball coach after letting go of first-year coach Stephan Gilling, and LaVar Ball says he had nothing do with it, according to Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times. Chino Hills, of course, is the alma mater of expected NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball and his younger brother LiAngelo, who is headed to UCLA this fall. The third Ball brother, LaMelo, will be a junior next season at Chino Hills -- and, well, it's not exactly a secret that LaVar is, shall we say, a slightly involved parent. Remember, this is the guy who said Lonzo is, right now, the best player in the world. He brands his boys as something not too far from mythical. And
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:08 am
Terry Collins has been around long enough to know when his team is nearing a crossroads. With Thursday’s loss, the Mets have dropped six straight games and 10 out of their last 11 overall. When you combine them with the team’s previous injuries and new injury concerns for Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, that’s when resignation, panic and even a reliance on excuses might begin.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:44 am
This is the tale of two baseball teams. One with an explosive offense that just got done carving up Coors Field and making mince meat of Colorado Rockies pitching. The Nationals are obviously flying high right now, having won 10 of their last 11 games overall.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:17 am
Don’t cringe or shake your head or stop reading this story. Not just yet. Give the man a chance. That’s all Ryan Lochte wants as he ambles across the pool deck on a bright Southern California day, looking tanned and relaxed, if a bit weary from his morning workout. “This is definitely a new chapter in my life,” he says. The last chapter didn’t end so well. Not with a disastrous trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he swam poorly, then triggered a scandal of global proportions with a night of drinking and alleged vandalism, followed by accusations that he lied to Brazilian police. The four-time Olympian known for brash talk and brightly colored hair made headlines for all
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:05 am
8,018 days (otherwise known as 22.9 years) have passed since Tottenham Hotspur last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. Secondly, the time to reset that clock is nearly upon us, as Tottenham take a 14-point lead into Sunday’s North London derby (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) — perhaps the final one to be played at White Hart Lane. With Arsenal having only five games left to play after Sunday, a 17-point deficit would be mathematically impossible to overcome, and would guarantee Spurs’ first PL finish above Arsenal since the spring of 1995.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:10 am
In the wake of ESPN’s mass firings, news of which continued into Thursday, some joked that it might be easier to list network employees who weren’t fired. Others took the next step by pointing out certain ESPN figures who they would have preferred to see laid off. Given that Stephen A. Smith is arguably ESPN’s best-known personality and, less arguably, its most polarizing, it was inevitable that his would be a prominent name pointed out by those arguing that, if the network had to let some people go, he should have been among them. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:51 am
SAN FRANCISCO — The momentum generated by Christian Arroyo and Michael Morse late Wednesday night lasted just a few hours. By the end of this four-game series, the Giants were left with a harsh reality: Even with two injections of new blood, they are not hitting. Arroyo drove in another run Thursday, but that was it for a lineup that couldn’t support Matt Moore’s effort. The bullpen, which had kept Bruce Bochy’s guys in close games all series, finally broke in the 10th. The Dodgers walked away with a 5-1 win and a split of a series that was rather uninspiring for both sides. After scoring 10 runs on the last road trip, the Giants scored just eight during the four games against the Dodgers.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:20 am
Chris Stroud knew something was going on with his ball when he lined up a birdie putt from just off the green at No. 8 Thursday at the Zurich Classic. The ball was on a downslope and appeared to be moving ever so slightly, then it magically rolled onto the green. Stroud made the birdie putt from the new position, and he teamed with Brian Stuard for a 4-under 68.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:45 pm
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is one of the most recognizable athletes on Earth, and one Iranian soccer fan is embracing his uncanny resemblance to the Argentinian superstar. Meet Riza Perestes. He's a regular guy from Iran, but he's gained popularity for his stunning resemblance to Messi. The Mehr News Agency met up with Perestes, who was wearing an Argentina jersey, and took photos of the Messi doppelgänger. Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency Mehr News Agency And here's the real Messi. The hair, the beard, the similar face. Yeah, we totally see it. (h/t 101greatgoals)
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:00 pm
Ohio State lost a four-star recruit on Wednesday when in-state Class of 2018 wing Darius Bazley opted to open up his recruitment. As a rising senior who is just finishing his junior season of high school, Bazley’s decommitment isn’t going to immediately hurt the Buckeyes next season. In a story with Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, Bazley opened up about why he decommitted from Ohio State.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:50 pm
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is tired of waiting around for Jon Jones. Jones has been sidelined for the past year, dealing with a UFC Anti-Doping Violation that derailed a rematch with Cormier at last summer's UFC 200.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:51 pm
Did the Spurs ask for this? San Antonio is up 3-2 in its series against its fitful, respectful little brothers from Memphis. An actual little brother, in the form of Spur Pau Gasol’s younger sibling in Grizzly Marc, is typical of this whole interaction: San Antonio has enjoyed this rapport for so long that the “younger” Marc is by this time in his 30s.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:41 pm
Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with eight keys to each series. If the Washington Capitals are going to win the Stanley Cup, as so many pundits have predicted this postseason, then it has to happen like this, right? It has to go through Pittsburgh.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:27 pm
It doesn’t matter if you’re sick of hearing about Tim Tebow, this is getting important. It’s been a while since we checked in on Tebow’s baseball career, but recently he’s started to put it all together and now he’s tearing it up for the Columbia Fireflies. On Wednesday night Tebow went 3-for-4 against the Asheville Tourists, including his first career triple.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:51 pm
Showers always bring the Oklahoma City Thunder closer together. Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, finally granted an opportunity to speak for himself, waxed poetic about the team’s togetherness in a trying season following Kevin Durant’s departure. “The team chemistry was amazing, honestly,” said Adams, via Inside Thunder.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:40 pm
The proverbial bloodbath of ESPN layoffs that gripped the sports world Wednesday continue to trickle out Thursday. Even more high-profile axes among on-air NFL and basketball talent have yet to be revealed, according to The Big Lead, as the so-called Worldwide Leader confronts its grim fiscal realities in a shifting sports media landscape. One of the more infamous personas at ESPN, television reporter Britt McHenry, announced she would exit the network after covering the NFL Draft through Saturday. McHenry was suspended by ESPN in 2015 following a nasty tirade against a parking-lot attendant, footage of which went viral and stunted a once-ascendant career trajectory. “I’m in the news, sweetheart,
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:33 pm
The series wins keep piling up, and the Orioles stay ranked as one of the best five teams in baseball. We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Again
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:13 pm
WWE Payback 2017 is a pivotal turning point for Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and many of the top stars on Monday Night Raw. Just a couple of weeks ago, WWE gave us a “Superstar Shakeup” that has changed the complexion of both Raw and SmackDown, providing several rising stars with the opportunity of a lifetime, one that could potentially establish them as main-eventers for the long haul. For WWE officials and the creative team, Payback should be all about building toward the future by not only focusing on those up-and-comers but booking them in a way that helps cement them as legitimate stars in the eyes of the masses. As per the usual, however, WWE has booked itself into a corner, with a number
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:22 pm
Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by best-selling author James Patterson. Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Thursday that Patterson's book, not yet titled, is scheduled for early 2018. Patterson is also putting together a collection of true crime stories in partnership with Investigation Discovery, to come out on the TV network and in print next January. Patterson, one of the world's most popular and prolific novelists, said in a statement that he was "stunned" by Hernandez's death and wanted to know "what went wrong." He's donating a portion of his
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:04 pm
In response to the ESPN report that the Vikings likely won’t pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, NFL Media reported that it won’t matter, if Bridgewater spends the full season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s currently a very, very big if. Bridgewater is currently not expected to spend the entire season on the PUP list. Which means that his contract would definitely expire after the 2017 season, if the Vikings don’t pick up the option. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t exit the PUP list in 2017, it’s still not entirely clear that Bridgewater’s four-year contract automatically would extend
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:40 am
SAN FRANCISCO — This spring, Hunter Pence briefly tried to cut back on his coffee intake. The experiment did not last long for a player who is pure caffeine on and off the field, but even Pence is occasionally in need of more than a large cold brew. Pence tried to stay upbeat throughout a sluggish start to the season, but around him was a clubhouse in need of energy. Christian Arroyo walked through the door on Monday. Two days later, Michael Morse arrived. “That’s quite an energy jolt,” Pence said of Arroyo. “Morse, it’s been an energy jolt as well.” The two recent River Cats sent a pair of jolts through a stadium that was sold out for the 499th consecutive time. Arroyo hit a two-run homer in
Posted: April 27, 2017, 6:57 am
Tom Brady is now 39 years old and just completed his 17th season as a quarterback for the New England Patriots, winning his fifth Super Bowl. Despite his age, Brady is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league and continues to add to his legacy as arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game. Brady's amazing career began in April, 2000, when the Patriots famously rolled the dice and drafted the Michigan quarterback in the sixth round with the 199th pick overall. New England made the move despite Brady being thoroughly unimpressive at the NFL Combine. Just as famously, six other teams drafted quarterbacks before Brady. Below we take a look at what happened to those other quarterbacks
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:00 am
The Orioles snatched the rubber game away from the Rays, scoring two in the 11th, capped by a Seth Smith walk-off walk. If you havent taken to calling 2017 Oriole, Seth Smith, Dad yet, you should try it on.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:13 am
ESPN announced its latest round of layoffs on Wednesday morning — 100 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including dozens of on-air personalities and writers whom sports fans may recognize.
In the hours since then, we have learned the names
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:16 am
Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico.
Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first
Posted: April 27, 2017, 1:57 am
Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala will miss the rest of the playoffs after fracturing his left femur during Wednesday night's playoff game, the team announced. Fiala hit the boards awkwardly against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff series. "During last night's game, Kevin Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 1:32 am
Andy Staples is joined by West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and Jake Spavital to answer your Twitter question about if Dana will ever consider growing a mullet that can rival Mike Gundy's.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 1:28 am