Every day brings a new player showing up to camp, facing the media and offering their two cents about the Astros, the sign-stealing scandal and Major League Baseball's handling of it. Today Justin Turner of the Dodgers gave more than his two cents. He gave a few bucks worth.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:10 pm
Belichick might want to begin anew with a quarterback he feels is good and who costs significantly less—someone like 32-year-old Andy Dalton; the Patriots would probably have to pay a third or fourth-round pick for Dalton, who has a year left on his contract and no future in Cincinnati. The Patriots have two thirds and two fourths, including a likely third-round compensatory pick. If Belichick makes up his mind that it's time to move on from Brady, then my argument is moot.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:02 pm
UConn's record streak of top five appearances in The Associated Press women's basketball poll is over. The Huskies fell to sixth on Monday, ending a run of 253 consecutive weeks as one of the first five teams in the Top 25. That historic stretch dated back to Feb. 5, 2007.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:08 pm
The idea was for the field of 40 to be racing as Air Force One took off from the Daytona airport, located just a few hundred yards behind the track, recreating iconic photos of visits from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Trump was just the second sitting president to attend the Daytona 500, and first to be given a pre-race role. Reagan and George H.W. Bush attended summer races at Daytona.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:19 pm
The 2020 NHL trade deadline is less than a week away, and with many quality players rumored to be available, we could be in store for an exciting period of rumors and completed deals. There is no clear favorite to win the Stanley Cup, and that means several teams could attempt bold moves ahead of the deadline in order to make the upgrades needed for a deep playoff run. One of those contenders is the Boston Bruins, who lost in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final but look poised to get there again with the league's best record entering Monday.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:18 pm
The race was halted after 20 of 180 laps with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leading. Here are today's details: (All times are Eastern) RESTART: Command to fire engines at 4:05 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:12 p.m.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:33 pm
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin released a statement over the weekend in response to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett's allegation during an interview with Mina Kimes of ESPN that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used the N-word during their altercation at the end of a game last November. In that statement, Tomlin said he had “received no indication of anything racial or anything of that nature in those interactions” and he repeated that during an appearance on ESPN Monday. Tomlin told Stephen A. Smith that he thought that it was best for everyone to “shut up and move on,” but he chose to take a different path because he was “hacked off” about the way ESPN handled the Garrett interview.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:23 pm
John Beilein is considering resigning as Cavaliers coach. They play Friday. Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN on Sunday night: The Cleveland Cavaliers and John Beilein have discussed the possibility of the coach stepping down before the end of the All-Star break, and Beilein was expected to reach a decision in the next 24-48 hours, league sources told ESPN.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:22 pm
Bruce Boudreau is one of hockey's most charismatic characters, and the former Minnesota Wild head coach provided an unusually candid account into his recent dismissal. Boudreau served as the Wild's head coach from 2016-17 onward but was fired on Feb. 14. The former Jack Adams Award winner spoke to The Athletic's Michael Russo for a lengthy profile that detailed his firing, where Boudreau revealed he was caught off guard by Wild general manager Bill Guerin on Saturday.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:21 pm
It's hard to keep track of the silliness and drama surrounding the Astros these days, but since it's virtually the only story of note so far this spring training, let us get ourselves up to speed, shall we? In case you missed it over the weekend, round 27 of “are the Astros' apologies sincere?” took place. A lot of people have become armchair public relations experts as it relates to the Astros, but my personal view is that the Astros' public statements are not lacking because they're tone deaf or because they have bad P.R. It's simply because they're not sorry.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 3:50 pm
Sergio Garcia (2018): “It's the kind of golf course I like. You know, Valderrama is my favorite golf course, small greens. Sawgrass, one of my favorite golf courses, small greens.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 3:33 pm
That's when the NBA comes back for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set. The All-Star Game is over, Team LeBron defeating Team Giannis 157-155 in Chicago on Sunday night. Most players scurried onto private jets not long after the final buzzer for quick little getaways - places like Miami, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas (where some union meetings start Monday) were among the destinations.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 3:24 pm
Your annual reminder: Any NFL draft news you hear between now and April 23 needs to be examined closely and consumed with a healthy dose of skepticism. The Dolphins have been linked to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for most of the past year. Do Miami Dolphins prefer Justin Herbert?
Posted: February 17, 2020, 3:04 pm
The XFL had net attendance growth for its second week, thanks in large part of more than 29,000 Seattle fans who came out to see the Dragons defeat the Tampa Bay Vipers, 17-9. Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the XFL attracted 76,285 fans in Week Two, a 9.5-percent bump over Week One, when all four games drew between 17,000 and 18,000. The two teams that hosted games in Week One and Week Two saw lower crowds, with 15,031 showing up for the D.C. Defenders 27-0 win over the New York Guardians, 12.4 percent down from Week One.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:45 pm
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Garrett, Kansas Marcus Garrett played the best game of his life on Saturday. Oklahoma decided that what they were going to do defensively was to try and take away Udoka Azubuike by using whoever was supposed to be guarding Garrett to park in the paint and double Doke as quickly as possible. Garrett was going to have to prove that he would be good enough to make the Sooners pay, and honestly, it wasn't a bad strategy.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:00 pm
The stakes in Sunday's game were the highest they've ever been, with $300,000 earmarked for educational charities on the line in a dramatic fourth quarter.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:20 pm
Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, or, in this case, every weekend. 1) Team LeBron got the All-Star Game victory, but the real winner was the new format. For the past few years (maybe going on a decade), the actual NBA All-Star Game was a bland product.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:00 pm
All-Star Weekend in Chicago reached its climax Sunday night, with the game matching Team LeBron and Team Giannis providing drama that the in-season showcase had not seen in quite some time. The fourth quarter was played without a clock, instead going with the “Elam Ending” made famous in The Tournament (a winner-take-all tournament played every summer). Kawhi Leonard was named the first winner of the renamed Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award, as he finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and eight 3-pointers.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:41 am
The Daytona 500 has been postponed by rain for the first time since 2012, dampening NASCAR's season opener that started with a ballyhooed visit from President Donald Trump. The first delay of the day came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. Trump's armored limousine nicknamed ''The Beast'' exited Daytona International Speedway, and the sky opened for a brief shower that forced drivers back to pit road.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:35 am
AFP Sport looks at five talking points in tennis this week: Clijsters ready for second comeback -- Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters revealed that a persistent inner feeling and advice from her husband served as the key to her WTA return at the Dubai Championships. "It was a feeling that I had inside for a little while," the 36-year-old mother-of-three said. "Once in a while that feeling would go away when I was home with the (three) kids.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:50 am
Javier Báez wants his Chicago Cubs to be better prepared this season. The two-time All-Star said Sunday at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said last week he could think of only two times in 18 years of running major league clubs that he felt “basic organizational standards for work, preparation and behavior” were not being met.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:27 am
The most diehard Mitch Trubisky fan has to admit that. The former second overall pick hasn't developed into a franchise player through three seasons under center, and while the optimist would argue there's still time for him to become that guy, the realist is who must prevail when it comes to roster construction. Marcus Mariota may be the perfect compromise.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:32 am
Here's a sentence I didn't think I would write Sunday: Officiating decisions in the NBA All-Star Game brought out plenty of passion. The NBA's format change, where the winner had to score 24 more points (in honor of Kobe Bryant) in the fourth quarter than the leading score of the third, led to one of the best finishes to an All-Star Game in recent memory. The intensity was perhaps best defined by Giannis Antetokounmpo guarding fellow All-Star captain and namesake LeBron James in isolation.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:47 am
Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game was an overall experiment from the league with its new format. Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were laying it all out on the line. It came down to the free throw line with Anthony Davis hitting 1-of-2 to help Team LeBron secure the win.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:37 am
Tony Fernandez, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. Fernandez was taken off a life support system in the afternoon with his family present at a hospital in Weston, Florida, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernandez Foundation. Fernandez had been in a medically induced coma and had waited years for a new kidney.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:04 am
South Carolina (16-9) has a strange resume with wins over Kentucky and Virginia offset by home losses to Boston University and Stetson. Six wins in seven games and a winning SEC record (8-4) should help the Gamecocks' chances. Arkansas (16-9) has gone from appearing to be safely in the bracket in coach Eric Musselman's first season to being on the bubble.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 3:47 am
The Boston Celtics were always guaranteed to get some sort of win in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. With Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum playing for Team Giannis and Team LeBron respectively, the C's effectively hedged their bets and were guaranteed one player in the winner's circle. Walker and Tatum both put up nice offensive performances in a typically high-scoring All-Star Game that featured little-to-no defense until an exciting and intense fourth quarter.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:12 am
UConn freshman guard James Bouknight sprinted ahead on a fast break on Sunday afternoon, corralled a laser pass from Christian Vital and imprinted Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa on a poster. The loss ostracized Memphis to the remote fringes of the NCAA tournament conversation, many hemispheres from a season that began with bold talk by Penny Hardaway about winning a national championship. This Memphis season is instead wheezing to an end, with the Tigers (17-8) falling to 6-6 in American Athletic Conference play after their third straight loss.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:08 am
CBS Sports' broadcast of the final round of the Genesis Invitational drew criticism from fans Sunday. Although social media can be cruel and uncompromising when it comes to its opinion of golf coverage, several mistakes left viewers wondering what was going on at Riviera. Although Uihlein entered the day with the lead, he finished T-20 at the Suncoast Classic, which had already been decided when the event update was televised.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:31 am
Hundreds of folks scattered throughout a cavernous room at the Navy Pier, had one thing in mind - to see Tacko Fall. Wherever he went during All-Star weekend, attention on him wasn't too far behind. Tacko did not log a single minute of play during All-Star weekend, and yet Tacko, much like what happens in New England with the Boston Celtics and the Maine Red Claws, was the center of everyone's attention.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:12 am
With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. ''I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by throwing at a batter intentionally will not be tolerated, whether it's Houston or anybody else,'' Manfred said. Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Correa were among the All-Stars recently trading threats, accusations and barbs as spring training opened.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:11 am
LOS ANGELES – Standing in the 15th fairway, Joel Dahmen was about to settle into his shot when a ball skittered past. It was the tee shot of the Genesis Invitational leader, Adam Scott. We were in plain sight,” Dahmen said after the round.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:06 am
Tied for the lead Sunday at the Genesis Invitational, Harold Varner III tried to hammer a 3-wood off the 10th tee when he did the unthinkable: He hit a few inches behind the ball, chunking his tee shot just 129 yards. Varner's second shot sailed wide left, then his third pitched over the green and into the back bunker. The good news for Varner is that the CBS broadcast didn't initially show his blunder off the tee.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:04 am
Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar, the co-leaders of the Genesis Invitational at 10 under heading into Sunday's final round, had played in the tournament 27 times and made a collective $3.9 million, while missing the cut just twice. And yet the trio had recorded a surprisingly low seven top-10 finishes between them, Scott winning the tournament unofficially in 2005 when they could only get in 36 holes, and a second-place showing in 2006. History suggested that one of the three, ranked Nos.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:01 am
For five days, Pederson appeared to be headed to the Los Angeles Angels along with pitcher Ross Stripling as part of several multi-player trades surrounding Mookie Betts' move to the Dodgers. The Angels-Dodgers trade was eventually scrapped, but only after an uncomfortable amount of uncertainty for the players involved. I thought for sure I was going to the Angels,'' Pederson said.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:54 am
The Boston Red Sox made a decision that made a lot of fans unhappy in early February. The team decided to trade Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with David Price in exchange for a package of three prospects. Betts, the MLB's MVP back in 2018, is one of the top five players in the league.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:07 am
The Daytona 500 has been suspended until Monday afternoon for only the second time in the history of the season-opening NASCAR Cup series race after rain in Florida. It was more than an hour before two-time winner Dale Earnhardt Jr dropped the green flag just at 4.23pm local time. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who took pole position on his debut in the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Camaro, led the field away and held position at the head of the pack for the 20 laps of racing that were possible before the red flag was thrown for rain.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 11:55 pm
Or in his words “bad. We are a gritty team, and I played about as bad as you can play, and I'm very, very thankful for the win and thank God that I got out of here healthy,” said Jones, whose last game came on Dec. 31, 2017, when he led the Steelers to a 28-24 victory over the Browns. On Sunday, Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for 305 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 11:27 pm
Maybin began his big league career with Detroit in 2007 and was enough of a prospect that he was traded for Miguel Cabrera. He returned to the Tigers in 2016 after a trade, and now the 32-year-old Maybin is back again after agreeing to a one-year contract. Maybin was a first-round draft pick for Detroit in 2005, and when he arrived in the majors, the Tigers were coming off a World Series appearance and were on their way to about a decade of consistent contention.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 11:09 pm
The Boston Bruins appear to be looking to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday the B's are among the many teams showing interest in New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 10:08 pm
A parade of Red Sox players and executives has spent a month assuring us of their innocence and inevitable exoneration once MLB completes its investigation into sign-stealing during the championship 2018 season. Leave it to plainspoken and accountable Red Sox ace Chris Sale to offer a more nuanced opinion on Sunday. Speaking publicly for the first time since August, Sale spent about a third of his 30-minute press conference detailing his frustrations with the actions of the 2017 Astros, but he didn't let the Red Sox or manager Alex Cora off the hook when it came to the subject of 2018 and how fans might question the team's accomplishments.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 7:09 pm
As the story keeps unfolding on the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, A's pitcher Mike Fiers is trying to move on. When asked Sunday by the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser if he wants to respond to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa saying Fiers "should be man enough" to say Houston second baseman Jose Altuve didn't use the team's trash can method, the A's pitcher declined to comment. "We [the Astros] cheated as a team," Fiers said to Slusser.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 6:36 pm
For me to be able to get back in there and go and do and travel like I want, the only way I can do it is really was to get into the details. Earnhardt has tried to learn everything he can short of becoming a pilot. He did a deep dive into his jet's capabilities, specifically regarding how long it needs runways to be for takeoffs and landings.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 6:02 pm
The agent for Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett opened himself up for potential legal action after reiterating his claim that Rudolph used a racial slur shortly before their infamous brawl in November. During an interview with ESPN, his first since being hit with a suspension after slugging Rudolph in the head with Rudolph's own helmet in the final seconds of a Browns win on Nov. 14, Garrett said Rudolph called the defensive end ''the N-word. Rudolph, as he did when Garrett made the claim while appealing the suspension in November, called the allegation ''a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 3:48 pm
A onetime captain on Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-Ohio) former Ohio State University wrestling team warned Saturday that it's “going to get worse” for the powerful congressman regarding the sex abuse scandal involving his old team. Dozens of athletes accused the late university doctor Richard Strauss of sexual abuse, a number of them while Jordan was the assistant coach from 1987 to 1995. At least three athletes and a referee have said they discussed the abuse directly with Jordan, but that he took no action to stop it.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 1:30 pm
So here's what likely will happen over the next two weeks. The whispers and chatter regarding Brady's future will accelerate into yes-it's-tampering-but-no-one-cares face-to-face meetings between Yee and interested teams in Indianapolis, when the Scouting Combine gets rolling on Monday the 24th of February. By the end of the week in Indianapolis, Yee will know: (1) every other team that wants to pursue Brady; and (2) the general terms of their expected financial offers.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 12:34 pm
Two more XFL games were played on Saturday, neither of them was compelling, and both of them suffered from bad quarterback play. The quarterbacks playing in the XFL right now just don't look capable of delivering the kind of football that modern fans have grown accustomed to watching. Obviously, no quarterback who's good enough to start in the NFL is going to play in the XFL.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 10:39 am
CHICAGO – Pat Connaughton is white. He's in the dunk contest. He leaned right into it.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 3:12 am
In an attempt to defend Jose Altuve from suspicion into why the Astros star didn't want his jersey removed after his walk-off home run in this year's ALCS, Carlos Correa may have created another storm surrounding Houston's sign-stealing scandal. The Astros have been under siege at the beginning of spring training. In an interview with The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Correa went to bat for his team, ripping Cody Bellinger for accusing Houston of cheating from 2017 to 2019 and claiming the Astros fully deserve the World Series title they won despite flat out cheating.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 2:06 am
The Phils acquired corner outfielder Kyle Garlick from the Dodgers on Saturday for left-handed reliever Tyler Gilbert. Garlick, 28, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week. The Phillies made room for him on the 40-man roster by DFA'ing Nick Martini.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 8:24 pm
Palmer found the front left bunker at Riviera's par-3 14th hole during the third round, and boy, it seemed like he might never escape it. Take a look at the cringe-worthy Shotlink sequence on Palmer's scorecard, which would lead to an eventual 9 on the one-shotter. Thankfully for the Texan, the PGA Tour did not share video of the nightmare sequence.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 8:16 pm