Joey Meier, veteran spotter for NASCAR Cup driver Paul Menard and others, announced Sunday night on Twitter that he will be leaving the sport after nearly a quarter-century of service. All good things must come to an end” Meier (pictured above) wrote. My 'good thing' for the past 23 years has come to an end … my choice this time.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 4:15 pm
Chris Paul does the second show of a two-night stand in his Los Angeles homecoming when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder change opponents to take on the Lakers on Tuesday night. Paul returned to L.A. with the Thunder for the first time Monday night and literally nearly stole the show against his old team, the Clippers. His late steal gave Oklahoma City a lead in the final minute, but Paul George walked away the hero in a 90-88 win for the hometown club.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 4:12 pm
SportsPulse: We have just six weeks left in the regular season. The playoff picture as well as the power rankings are starting to taking shape. Here's this weeks biggest risers and fallers.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:29 pm
Pitcher Shun Yamaguchi, who led Japan's Central League in wins, strikeouts and winning percentage this season, says he wants to move to Major League Baseball through the posting system. The 32-year-old right-hander declared his intention this week and becomes the first player from the Yomiuri Giants to pursue a career in the majors through the posting system. "I will work even harder as I pursue a new challenge," said Yamaguchi, who received permission from the Giants to talk to MLB teams.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:08 pm
Five years ago, Billy Horschel got on what became a lucrative roll at the end of the PGA Tour season. Two weeks later, the U.S. Ryder Cup team faced off against Europe without Horschel, however, because Tom Watson's four captain's picks had been announced after the second playoff event … right before Horschel's tear. The picking schedule was adjusted for 2016, with one selection saved for after the Tour Championship to ensure a hot player didn't get left off the squad.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:05 pm
Harden's teammate Russell Westbrook is in awe of Harden, just like the rest of us, but he doesn't want anyone to think what he's doing is normal. After the Rockets' 132-108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, he told the media that he doesn't want anyone to forget that what Harden is doing is exceptional, even if it's starting to become routine.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:02 pm
Marcus Smart has been playing through a lot of bumps, bruises, and minor injuries, refusing to take time off as the Celtics are off to a red-hot start to the season. Smart went down with a scary non-contact right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Boston's win against Phoenix Monday. The real test with ankles is the next day (when there will be further testing), but there was optimism after the game that the sprain was not that bad, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 1:04 pm
Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Luka Doncic is destroying the NBA, setting records — and he's still 20. LeBron James is right, Doncic is a “bad m***** f*****.” Doncic is destroying the Association and he's not yet old enough to legally buy a drink.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 12:45 pm
National recruiting director Mike Farrell and national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney tackle three topics daily and determine whether they believe the statements or not. Tom Herman has Texas moving backwards. While Texas fans are not happy with the 6-4 record, this is still a program that is moving forward under its head coach.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 12:24 pm
Anyone keeping an eye on social media during Monday night's game between the Chargers and Chiefs noticed plenty of discussion about the playing surface in Mexico City. The NFL called off last year's scheduled game at Estadio Azteca because they didn't believe the field was up to snuff and word heading into Monday was that things were much improved. The appearance of divots as plays unfolded led many to suggest that was not the case and Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle slipped to the ground in the first half to add to scrutiny of the conditions.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 11:46 am
It was an emotional play by me," Hathaway said. "You don't plan any of that stuff in your head and it was a quick reaction and unfortunately the wrong one for me after a sucker punch." The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Brendan Leipsic hit everything that moved during that ferocious shift, including Ducks center Derek Grant directly next to the goal.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 11:32 am
Mahomes passed for 182 yards and hit Travis Kelce for his only touchdown, while LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams rushed for touchdowns as the Chiefs (7-4) hung on to win the fourth regular-season NFL game played in Mexico despite being held to 310 yards of offense. They also survived a few problems with Azteca's grass field and a one-sided first half favoring the Chargers (4-7), who racked up 312 yards without a touchdown. After throwing his second interception of the season in the first half, Mahomes led two sharp scoring drives in the third quarter with help from Kelce, who caught seven passes for 92 yards.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:36 am
Towns tied a career high with seven 3s and scored 29 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hand the Utah Jazz their first home loss of the season, 112-102 on Monday night. Running repeated pick-and-pops near the top of the key and drawing Gobert, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, away from the basket paid dividends as the Timberwolves went on an 18-2 run in a stunning fourth quarter. I was feeling real good.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:26 am
Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA after signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, much to the delight of players around the league. The way Anthony describes it, the agreement with the Blazers came about “in like 48 hours.” He said he got a call from the team Wednesday, committed to the team on Thursday and was asked to come in on Friday to start work with the team. At that point, Anthony said he asked for some extra days to himself to get ready, which would explain why he didn't make his debut until after the Blazers' Monday game against his old team, the Houston Rockets.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 5:45 am
A stunning 41-7 win over the first-place Texans on Sunday made it clear that the Ravens have a dangerous offense with an MVP candidate at quarterback and a very good defense. There were signs of that before Sunday. The Ravens made life difficult on the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, though the Patriots aren't a juggernaut on offense.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 4:50 am
John Calipari breathed a sigh of relief after his team survived another scare. Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 9 Kentucky fought through another close game against what should have been a lesser opponent, beating Utah Valley 82-74 on Monday night. The Wildcats (3-1) dropped out of the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after losing at home to Evansville last week, and they had to overcome a late surge to hold off the Wolverines.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:45 am
When Sean Doolittle speaks, it's usually a pretty good idea to listen. The latest piece of news the Nationals' closer has weighed in on? The proposed changes to baseball's minor league system, in which several teams may lose their affiliations and 1,000 players -- not to mention countless local employees -- would lose their jobs.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 3:08 am
Every member of the Internationals team wants to take on Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup, with assistant captain Geoff Ogilvy suggesting Australians Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and former number one Jason Day are frontrunners. Woods will be playing captain when he leads a star-studded United States against the Internationals skippered by Ernie Els in the biennial team match-play showdown at Royal Melbourne from December 12-15. Australian Ogilvy, who played in three Presidents Cups, said all of the 12-man had put their hand up to face the 15-time major winner, but favoured one of his fellow Australians to take on Woods.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 2:02 am
The Kansas City Chiefs lost a top target Monday's Mexico City matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers when Tyreek Hill left with a hamstring injury. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed the speedy receiver on a deep third-down pass on Kansas City's first possession. Hill walked off the field clutching his right thigh and received treatment on the sideline before leaving for the Kansas City locker room.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 1:56 am
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he's taking a hard look in the mirror after the No. 1 Tigers' defense gave up a season-high 614 yards - not to mention 37 points - in their most recent victory at Mississippi. “The first thing I do is look at myself because I coach the defensive linemen,” Orgeron said Monday at his weekly press conference. The defense got a boost Monday when senior linebacker Michael Divinity returned to the team and participated in practice.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 1:33 am
A dramatic comeback against Arizona has assured the San Francisco 49ers of their first winning season in six years. The next three games will go a long way to determining whether the 49ers are a legitimate Super Bowl contender or merely a pleasant surprise. San Francisco has little time to revel in a 16-point comeback against the Cardinals that was the team's biggest in the regular season in eight years.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 1:16 am
There's a good chance Love is still on the Cavaliers at the end of this season, but that's more about him being in the first year of a four-year, $120 million contract extension than it is Cleveland's willingness to trade him (or interest from other teams, if money was not an issue). The Cavaliers are rebuilding, and if they can get young players and picks for Love, they have to consider it. With Portland off to a slow start, and Love growing up in the Pacific Northwest, that rumor has floated around.
Posted: November 19, 2019, 12:43 am
With Kobe Bryant on hand for the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Danny Green threw down a putback dunk so vicious that the Lakers bench couldn't contain itself. The player widely known as one the NBA's top sharpshooters had just delivered one of the best dunks of the season for a team that has LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee on its roster. The Lakers couldn't believe it, and neither could the NBA, possibly.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:46 pm
Davis Love III on joining CBS, playing more on the senior tour, and being Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour victim
Love's longtime friend, Tiger Woods, recently tied the PGA Tour record for wins with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship. And as it unfolded, the clip of Love losing to him in a playoff at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational played over and over again. "Yeah, well, I've seen it enough," the good-natured Love said when asked about being Tiger's first PGA Tour victim.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:42 pm
''You don't control that,'' Smart said. The Bulldogs somehow lost at home to 24+-point underdog South Carolina, a team that is 4-7 and most recently took a 30-6 loss at Texas A&M - the team that Georgia, in an interesting twist, hosts Saturday in its final game of the season at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs still claimed the division title, the first team from the East to win three straight since the 1990s.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:16 pm
The Packers departed for Los Angeles two days before they played the Chargers on Nov. 3, deviating from their normal travel schedule. This time, they will stick with leaving the day before their Sunday night showdown with the 49ers, coach Matt LaFleur said Monday. “We're going to leave on Saturday,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:09 pm
Penn State still technically controls its own destiny for the Big Ten title, and by extension the College Football Playoff,” Chaprales said. But the market clearly has no faith in the Nittany Lions' chances to go into Ohio State and knock off a Buckeyes team that's yet to break a sweat this season. The first few bets have reflected that.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 11:07 pm
Texas began the 2019 season right where Longhorns fans always expect them to be: ranked in the top 10 and ready for a run at the Big 12 title, maybe even the College Football Playoff. But now that it's mid-November, Texas is right back where it has usually been the last decade: saddled with four losses and the head coach facing questions about what went wrong. Last week's 23-21 loss at Iowa State sent Texas to its 10th consecutive season with at least four losses, a run of mediocrity unprecedented in program history.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 10:51 pm
Baker Mayfield doesn't have to put up money for his mouth. The Browns quarterback won his appeal and won't have to pay a $12,500 fine he received from the NFL last month for criticizing officials. Following Cleveland's 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13, Mayfield called the officiating “pretty bad” and he was particularly critical of a blindside block penalty called against Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 10:28 pm
Tony Parker's iconic No. 9 is hanging from the rafters after the San Antonio Spurs retired it a week ago. In an interview with Yahoo Sports France's Antoine Grynbaum, Parker touched on his dream as owner and president of ASVEL, a French professional men's and women's basketball club, and even becoming owner of the Spurs. Your ultimate dream, that ASVEL will become an NBA franchise in a transatlantic and global league?
Posted: November 18, 2019, 9:26 pm
FAAB bid: $18 of a $100 budget Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (0%) Marlon Mack was having himself a quality day against Jacksonville, rushing for 109 yards and one score on 14 carries. But a fractured right hand ended his afternoon and threatens his season (or at least the next few weeks). Playing in relief of Mack, journeyman back Jonathan Williams was an absolute terror.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 9:03 pm
Fair or not, Colin Kaepernick has a perception problem. Saturday afforded him an opportunity to alter that perception. It appears to have not gone particularly well.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 9:02 pm
If the season started today, the Cubs bullpen might look something like this: Craig Kimbrel (closer) Rowan Wick Kyle Ryan Brad Wieck Tyler Chatwood Alec Mills Danny Hultzen Duane Underwood Jr. Adbert Alzolay That also doesn't take into account the potential of Chatwood, Mills or Alzolay getting a shot at the starting rotation (plus Colin Rea, who was added to the 40-man roster earlier this month). There's not a whole lot of MLB experience in that projected bullpen beyond the closer. Kimbrel has 565 career big-league appearances under his belt, but the other eight names on that list have combined for only 329 relief appearances spanning 374.2 innings.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 8:48 pm
That obviously doesn't erase all the success that will put him into the Hall of Fame, but this isn't a Joel Quenneville situation where his team is struggling now because years of success put a lot of hard miles on a once-great core. Especially because Babcock doesn't have three Cups in his back pocket. Instead, it's a situation where Babcock wants the game played a certain way — which you could argue is, shall we say, outmoded — and the team isn't built for that style of play.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 7:17 pm
The Lakers are currently the only team in the NBA allowing fewer than 100 points per 100 possesions. Boston Celtics Record: 10-2 The Celtics finally had their 10-game winning streak snapped Sunday in Sacramento, as Marcus Smart's runner fell off the rim at the buzzer. Boston still has three games left on their current west coast road swing, as they travel to Phoenix on Monday, Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday, and finally, in the high altitude of Denver to face the Nuggets on Friday.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 7:15 pm
Duke is back at No. moving up a spot after a pair of victories last week. The Blue Devils can thank Evansville for the jump.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 6:48 pm
To facilitate a trade from the Rockets to the Suns last summer, Ryan Anderson reduced the guarantee of his 2019-20 salary by $5,620,885. Anderson barely played in Phoenix, got traded to the Heat, barely played in Miami and got waived. Now, after barely playing in Houston, Anderson will continue his odyssey elsewhere.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 5:40 pm
Bosa figured quarterback Kyler Murray was the likely No. selection for Arizona. But he was not sure until he heard Murray's family erupt in cheers in the green room at the draft in Nashville when the Cardinals made it official.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 5:01 pm
The Australian Baseball League announced on Monday morning that Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his New Zealand hotel room over the weekend. According to the ABL, “preliminary indications” suggest that Costello died of natural causes. Costello had been in New Zealand for just a week before he died.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 2:40 pm
Who gets a championship ring when a team wins a title? The Toronto Raptors will not be giving rings to the three players shipped out in the Marc Gasol trade, reports Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun. Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas, and CJ Miles, the three players involved in the Marc Gasol deal at the trade deadline in February will not be getting rings the Sun learned.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
Even when the 49ers scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, something really weird had to happen for the Cardinals to not cover. Something really weird happened. We could celebrate those lucky bettors who took the 49ers minus-10 and got the most miraculous push of the season, but that's not what we do.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 1:50 pm
The New England Patriots are favored over the Dallas Cowboys by almost a touchdown in the opening betting lines for Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season. The early spreads for every Week 12 game were released by the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, and the Patriots are 6.5-point favorites at home versus Dallas. Here are all the lines for next week's matchups: The Patriots have made sports bettors a lot of money this season.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 1:04 pm
What happened to Jordan Poole on Sunday in New Orleans was some of the cruelest fate basketball gods could have laid on a 20-year-old drafted in the first round mostly because of their ability to shoot. The first 14 games of Poole's NBA journey ended with one in which he failed to score a single point in 23 minutes of activity. Had he made any three or four of those shots, the Warriors likely would have experienced their third victory of the season.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 7:17 am
The brief answer was one of just nine in a brief press conference that lasted less than two minutes, Brady's frustration clearly evident. Brady's longest answer was just 11 seconds long, and he was in no mood to elaborate on any aspect of the game, whether it was positive or negative. Despite a 9-1 record that has the Patriots atop the NFL standings, Brady is keenly aware that the team has a lot to improve upon in the coming weeks.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 2:57 am
And we'd see another episode of the worst rule in the NFL, and the Chicago Bears would get possession. Except that's not what the ruling was. It was ruled that Kupp had started to lose the ball before his foot landed out of bounds, so it was a fumble.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 2:46 am
In a game between two of the NFL's worst teams, one was appreciably better than the other. It was the latest mishap in a rude welcome to the NFL for the first-round rookie who joined arguably the league's most dysfunctional franchise, watched his head coach get fired midseason and was thrust into the starting job because Week 1 starter Case Keenum suffered injuries and proved to be inept. Haskins takes out frustration on offensive line It's gone poorly in Haskins' four regular-season appearances, and he vented his frustrations at his offensive line during Sunday's loss.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 1:59 am
An explosive report from The Athletic last week on the 2017 Houston Astros' alleged electronic sign-stealing system was the starter's pistol for internet sleuths across social media to find evidence of the illegal scheme. Videos have emerged of at-bats in which bangs from a reportedly nearby trashcan can be heard, and one study from Baseball Prospectus found a clear footprint of the noises in audio data from home games of the World Series champions. Now, it appears the sleuths might have found the exact tool with which the Astros allegedly made the noises.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 1:19 am
The one that Denver Broncos fullback Andy Janovich is definitely one that is not for the faint of heart. Janovich caught a short pass from QB Brandon Allen against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and looked to be turning upfield when linebacker Eric Wilson tackled him. Reporter Mike Klis of 9News later said Janovich was diagnosed with a dislocated elbow and is done for the year.
Posted: November 17, 2019, 7:39 pm
Auburn fell from No. to No. Elsewhere, Oklahoma, following its comeback from a 28-3 deficit to beat Baylor, moved up two spots to No.
Posted: November 17, 2019, 7:17 pm
Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout did not go without a ton of controversy, and now last-minute location changes and Kaepernick's outfit choices are causing a rift between those who think he genuinely wanted a shot in the NFL and those who think he's using his platform as a publicity stunt. One of the biggest critics after Kaepernick's workout was ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, who captioned his rant, "He doesn't want to play." Smith went off on Kaepernick for switching the location change hours before the workout and causing 25 teams, who came out to watch the QB show his skills, scramble to change their plans.
Posted: November 17, 2019, 6:00 pm
Paul George is back. Not that he really went all that far away, the man did finish third in MVP voting last season, but he faded at the end of that campaign due to shoulder pain, which led to both shoulders being operated on during the offseason. PG13 has scored 70 points in 44 minutes across the two games with an 80.9 true shooting percentage, hitting 56.3 percent from three, and he scored the most points in a Clippers home debut (37).
Posted: November 17, 2019, 6:00 pm