- Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
So this here is a gamble from both sides; the New England Patriots betting on Darrelle Revis and Darrelle Revis betting on himself.
At stake is a precious $12 million in Patriots salary cap space this coming season, a season with the potential for everything to be won or another year of Tom Brady's prime to be lost. It's a season for Revis' future earning potential to hang on the line: he maintains his elite form, at age 29 by the fall, and he gets a big, multi-year deal from someone, somewhere. If not, there's no guarantee for anything.
There aren't two more competitive people in the NFL than Bill Belichick and Darrelle Revis, something both understands during their back-and-forth battles across the Pats-Jets rivalry. These aren't publicly jovial people. They live to win.
Now in a time when both are a bit desperate, they come together, nothing certain, nothing promised.
- Yahoo Sports2 days ago
The Denver Broncos’ Lombardi Trophy window rests on the surgically repaired neck of soon-to-be 38-year-old Peyton Manning. That neck, mind you, was good enough for 55 touchdowns and a trip to the Super Bowl last season.
Still, these aren’t the days for the slow build or the long-term plan. And John Elway, the team’s current executive vice president and former quarterback famous for his last-minute heroics, has never been one to shy away from daring.
So here is Elway’s Broncos on Tuesday making their annual splash in free agency. This time he shored up the Denver defense by snagging Aqib Talib, the top available cornerback, fresh off the rival New England Patriots, and tough safety T.J. Ward from Cleveland.
The Broncos are also heavily involved with former Dallas pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and are expected to get a visit in the coming days from the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader.
- Yahoo Sports19 days ago
SOCHI, Russia – Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, was asked Saturday about whether there were any plans for one of the northern U.S. cities to make a bid to host the Winter Games in 2026.
Blackmun noted the recent snowy weather back in the States and figured there was no reason to be geographically restrictive.
"Now Atlanta is in the mix for a [Winter] bid," he joked.
The truth is, the USOC isn't sure exactly when it is even going have a U.S. city enter the IOC bidding process again, let alone when the Olympics might return to America.
The last Olympics on U.S. soil were the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. With future bids set – or the process too far advanced – the first opportunity for a return is the 2024 Summer Games, a gap of at least 22 years. That's the longest such stretch since the 28 years between the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games and the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games.
- Yahoo Sports19 days ago
SOCHI, Russia – Give it up, South Korea.
The International Olympic Committee said Saturday it received a "protest letter" from South Korea over the scoring in the ladies individual figure skating competition. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova beat out South Korea's Yuna Kim for gold on Thursday.
At issue is the scoring in the free skate where Sotnikova received an extremely high mark – 149.95 – more than enough to beat Kim's 144.19. The score was the best of any skater in a free program this year (Kim's is the second-best) and was more than 18 points higher than Sotnikova's season's best.
[Photos: Adelina Sotnikova dethrones Yuna Kim]
It allowed Sotnikova to win gold going away, 224.59 to 219.11, after trailing Kim slightly (by 0.28) after Wednesday's short program.
- Yahoo Sports20 days ago
SOCHI, Russia — For four years, the U.S. men's hockey team had waited for another crack at the Canadians, another shot at gold, another chance to break through and show it can be the best in the world and, with all due respect, get people to stop talking about Miracles and Lake Placid and all of that.
Four long years and…
"We didn't show up to play," defenseman Ryan Suter said.
The U.S. lost 1-0 to Canada on Friday, but the game wasn't as close as the score. If not for the brilliance of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was beat only by Jamie Benn on a brilliantly redirected pass in the second period, the scoreboard would've been more representative.
Canada absolutely snuffed out the Americans, forced them to the perimeter, limited their opportunities, silenced their snipers and seemingly stripped them of their personality. It was dispiriting to watch. For the final 50 minutes, it was clear which team was superior, even if the goals didn't come for Canada, which has struggled to score throughout these Olympics.
- Yahoo Sports21 days ago
SOCHI, Russia — Adelina Sotnikova put her hands over her face, emotion spreading across it as about the closest thing to pandemonium in a figure skating crowd was unleashed on the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Her performance — equal parts artistic and athletic — in the ladies' free skate would have been electrifying in any competition, but it came here in Russia, at the Russian Olympics, in front of the Russian fans so desperate for gold. This was suddenly a hockey crowd.
Sotnikova was overcome. She scooped up some ice shavings and placed them in her mouth, literally drinking in the Olympics. She skated off as flowers and teddy bears rained down, and in that moment, the 17-year-old from Moscow said she knew, if nothing else, that she was going to win a medal of some kind.
Then her score flashed across the screen — 149.95, a moonshot of a mark, more than 18 points higher than her season's best, more than eight points higher than anyone's best this season at that moment, and so here came the shock again.
"When I saw the score and I realized that I won with the technical components, I didn't believe my eyes," she said later.
- Yahoo Sports21 days ago
SOCHI, Russia – When she was done electrifying the Iceberg Skating Palace, 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova reached down onto the Olympic ice, grabbed some ice shavings, lifted them to her mouth and drank them in.
The Russian who looked to be a nervous wreck delivered a brilliant free skate to win ladies figure skating gold here Thursday – the first ever for Russia in ladies' figure skating – stunning reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea and the brilliant Carolina Kostner of Italy in the process. They finished second and third, respectively.
Sotnikova delivered an astounding score of 149.95 – 18.32 points higher than her season best and 8.44 points better than anyone in the field had scored this year – amidst the roaring noise and stomping feet of the pro-Russian crowd, the reward for a performance that was equal parts artistic and athletic. She finished with a score of 224.59.
- Yahoo Sports22 days ago
SOCHI, Russia – Gracie Gold was in the middle of the first jump of her short program, a triple Lutz that was to be followed by a triple toe loop. Almost immediately, she could feel it falling apart.
She had a couple of options. She could bail out, go safe and make it a double and accept fewer points from the judges. Or she could try to power through and simply find a way to land upright. Or, of course, she could crash.
"When I was in the air I thought, 'Is this my Olympic moment? Am I going to be on my butt?' " Gold said.
She decided she would stick with the planned triple and just will her way to remain upright.
"I just had to trust my training and say a little prayer," she said. "I said, 'This is what the Olympics are about. It's not playing it safe with a double toe or a triple Lutz. It's about doing it.' "
And so she did it. She landed that jump, landed the next triple and even made it through a double axel that also appeared destined for disaster.
- Yahoo Sports22 days ago
SOCHI, Russia – Yuna Kim, the consistently elegant reigning Olympic champion, said her legs felt dead during her warmup skate, a feeling that produced an awkward landing on a practice jump, the kind she seldom experiences.
The fans inside the Iceberg Skating Palace gasped at the sight. Kim's face expressed puzzlement and suddenly it felt like maybe, just maybe, this was when the icon known as "Queen Yuna" might begin to fade.
Kim shrugged off nerves and doubts, found her legs and delivered a brilliant and beautiful short program for a score of 74.92, enough to finish the night in the lead heading into Thursday's long program.
[Related: Gracie Gold puts herself in medal contention]
"My legs didn't move, and I couldn't do my jumps properly," Kim said. “When I was on the ice I was trembling. I was very nervous, my legs started shaking. … I tried to believe in myself and believe in my practices."