Maybe LeBron James was being “whiny,” but he’s also getting exactly what he wanted. Just a few weeks after James ranted about the defending NBA champions being “top-heavy as s—” and having a “lack of bodies” — triggering criticism from Charles Barkley and igniting a war of words between the stars — the Cavaliers are on the verge of adding inside and outside depth with the expected signings of veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut. The deals could be finalized as soon as Monday. Williams, 32, negotiated his release from the Mavericks last week and cleared waivers, allowing him to sign with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum. The three-time All-Star has averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists
Sunday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars gave us an opportunity to check in on the relationship between Jamie Benn and David Backes, and it seems that they still do not like each other very much. Their on-ice feud continued literally as soon as Sunday’s game started, when they dropped the gloves right off the opening faceoff, which you can see in the video up above. It was clear right from the very beginning that fight was going to happen given the way they were discussing things before the puck was even dropped. These guys have been going at one another for years, dating back to Backes’ days with the St. Louis Blues, and their fight (it was mostly a lot of jersey pulling at the
MLB writer Tim Brown lets us know if there's any hope for the San Diego Padres in 2017.