Eric Adelson

  • MLS expansion plan for Detroit already has one big polarizing issue

    Eric Adelson at FC Yahoo 2 days ago

    It's the latest glimmer of a new Detroit.

    It's also a nagging reminder of the old Detroit.

    The announcement on Tuesday of a possible Major League Soccer franchise in the Motor City sent a charge through the American soccer world, which didn't even envision Detroit at the top of the expansion list until this week. It also created buzz in the city, which has had a close relationship with all of its sports franchises as far back as anyone can remember.

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    "It warms the cockles of my Detroit heart," said Michigan native Alexi Lalas, "to know this is potentially going to happen."

    The former United States men's national team star is not alone in that.

    And therein lies the caveat. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who is teaming with Pistons owner Tom Gores on this project, wants to build a stadium on the site of a failed jail in downtown.



  • Myles Jack has jokes about the 'time bomb' in his knee

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Myles Jack had just finished playing three games of basketball when he found out his knee was going to explode.

    One of the most discussed body parts in this year's NFL draft made it to the screen of Jack's phone after a leg workout and a hoops binge at an L.A. Fitness in Arizona, as the UCLA product tells it.

    "I did a whole leg workout, a whole leg day," Jack told Yahoo Sports by phone on Friday. "I did my agilities, did my conditioning, took a nap. Golden State played at 6 or 7, so I thought, 'Let's get a run in before that game.' Came back, watched Golden State. Looked at my phone and my knee is a 'time bomb.' "

    "This is frequent in basketball players," Ochiai says, "and treatment can include microfracture surgery."

    "Defect" and "microfracture" are two scary words in the draft universe, yet Ochiai is quick to point out that if the defect is minor enough, it could present no symptoms at all – and require no procedure.

    He has used the knee question to his advantage when quizzed about his decision to leave school after he got hurt. Wasn't that selfish of him?

    Well played.

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  • The 1-in-10-million-billion town

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    LAMAR, S.C. — The old men gather here every morning, with their sun-baked caps and their soda cans. This is their country club: the Gay Ann convenience store at the Exxon station, at a folding table by the stacks of beer cases. The cashier runs the store and pays them little mind. The men talk about the weather and whatever, as old folks do, but lately they've been talking about the kid who used to work at this place: B.J.

    There's only one main road here in this town, and it passes by the Gay Ann and by City Hall, which is across from the Piggly Wiggly. Inside is one hallway with three doors on the left. The nameplates read: "Mayor," "Chief" and "Judge." There's a courtroom too, with folding chairs, and three photos on the wall outside. They are pictures of the state champion Lamar High School football team.

    Soon there will be a fifth, Clemson linebacker B.J. Goodson ('11), who wowed scouts at the NFL Combine last month with 30 bench press reps at 225 pounds and a 4.69 40-yard dash. He went from off the radar to a possible third-round pick.

    "Our town," Goodson says, "is famous for football."



  • This city, which has no NFL team, wants to host Pro Bowl

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. – After wooing WrestleMania to the town nicknamed "City Beautiful," Orlando hopes to welcome another sports entertainment exhibition in 2017: the Pro Bowl.

    The city has been in discussions "about the possibility of hosting the NFL Pro Bowl at the Citrus Bowl," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in a statement on Tuesday. The city wants the all-star game for three years, starting next year.

    Houston, the Super Bowl host for 2017, is also seeking to host the game, as is Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu.

    "Multiple cities have expressed interest in hosting the Pro Bowl, including Orlando," league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to Yahoo Sports. "We have made no decisions on the future of the Pro Bowl."

    During Super Bowl week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed disappointment about the lack of competitive play in the most recent Pro Bowl. Many stars didn't travel to the event and were replaced with less marketable players.

    And no matter where the game is held, it still has to be made more interesting to viewers, who won't care what city is hosting.

  • This is how Saints, New Orleans said goodbye to Will Smith

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    METAIRIE, La. – His name is Frank Moran, and he was one of the first in line to arrive at Will Smith's casket.

    He had brought something with him on this cloudy, somber Friday, something to share with Smith and the hundreds of mourners who came to say goodbye at the Saints' training facility.

    Moran stood on the indoor practice field, at the 50-yard-line, and lifted his horn to his lips. The sounds of "When The Saints Go Marching In" filled the quiet building. And some of those waiting behind him, in the darkness, began to cry. 

    Smith’s wife, Racquel, was here for the memorial, in her first public appearance since her husband’s fatal shooting last Saturday in what police call a road rage incident after a night out in the city. She was shot once in each of her legs that evening, and arrived here in a wheelchair. She stayed for more than two hours with her three children, comforted by friends, Smith’s former coaches and teammates, and Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson.

    Photo of Will Smith and wife Racquel next to a replica of his high school locker.


  • Remember these promises that Will Smith kept as city formally mourns

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    NEW ORLEANS – Terrell Haynes planned a meeting for Friday at Kingsley House, the 120-year-old non-profit he helps run in this city's Garden District. He would bring in teens and young men from the area and speak to them about resolving differences and avoiding violence.

    He had to postpone because Will Smith, one of Kingsley House's most admired contributors, was shot and killed on Saturday night. The memorial at the New Orleans Saints' team facility is Friday, the same day as the planned gathering at Kingsley House.

    "Man, I tell you, it sucks," Haynes said before sighing in an empty room here Thursday. "This city."

    Smith and his wife, Racquel, spent thousands of dollars every year on Christmas gifts for families, Haynes said. They also spent time. After his release by the Saints in 2014, Haynes thought his relationship with the Smiths would end. But he was reassured that New Orleans was Will Smith's home. He was going to stay.

    Smith was the kind of person who could talk to anyone. And he was the kind of person who a lot of people needed to hear.

    His voice cracked.

    He lowers his head.


  • Here's how man accused of killing Will Smith is defending himself

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    NEW ORLEANS – There was supposed to be a "second line" for Will Smith here at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. It would have been a moving musical tribute to the fallen New Orleans Saints player in the streets of this city. Instead, after a day of rain that postponed the tribute, there was only a news conference given by the attorney for the man who allegedly shot him dead.

    John Fuller stood behind a bank of microphones on the same street where the Superdome sits and spoke of a possible cell phone video of the minutes leading up to Saturday night's shooting. He also mentioned "untoward activity" supposedly witnessed after the shooting – a possible implication of the New Orleans Police Department. And he described the moment when the man accused of second-degree murder, Cardell Hayes, realized who was killed.

    It ended a day of heated words – dual news conferences that ratcheted up the rhetoric but did nothing to lessen the sadness. One man is gone and another is in jail, and their children will have to come to terms with that somehow.

    "I just find it odd," Fuller said, "that in a homicide a gun supposedly isn't recovered until days after."

  • Can Saints make dent in gun culture war in New Orleans and beyond?

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 17 days ago

    New Orleans is a constant coming together, a confluence of people and culture. Sometimes it comes together in a symphony, and sometimes in a cataclysm.

    "New Orleans sometimes feels like the most special place on Earth," says Errol Laborde, editor of New Orleans Magazine. "Sometimes it feels like it's going to hell. Sometimes in the same hour."

    One of those hours happened last weekend, as a beautiful day filled with a record-setting celebration for French Quarter Fest turned into a harrowing night when former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith was fatally shot in what police described as a road rage incident. In the aftermath, there was another merging: football culture and gun culture.

    Saints head coach Sean Payton spoke strongly on Monday about his frustration at gun use and abuse in New Orleans and beyond, words that were strong enough to draw attention from the White House.

    Voter turnout barely eclipsed 10 percent. The tax was rejected.


  • Why female players' fight with U.S. Soccer for equal pay is 'much bigger than sports'

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 29 days ago

    They won Olympic gold, they won the World Cup, they won the attention and adulation of their nation, and now they want something else they feel they've earned: equal treatment and equal pay.

    Five members of the U.S. women's national soccer team have filed a federal complaint charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination. The complaint, first reported by The New York Times on Thursday, argues that the women's team is more of an economic lift for U.S. Soccer, and yet it is still paid less.

    "We're on the right side of history," defender Becky Sauerbrunn said on a teleconference Thursday morning. "U.S. Soccer has no justification to pay us what they do."

    "While we have not seen this complaint and can't comment on the specifics of it," U.S. Soccer said in a statement, "we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."

  • Dolphins rookie coach faces task harder than fixing Jay Cutler

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    BOCA RATON, Fla. – Adam Gase brought a cup of black coffee to his first reporters' roundtable here on Tuesday morning. He never took a sip.

    The rookie coach immediately put the beverage aside and faced one of the biggest media gatherings among all the AFC coaches. There are lots of questions and few answers about a Miami Dolphins franchise that hasn't been to a Super Bowl since Gase was 6 years old.

    There are questions about the mercurial Ndamukong Suh, the suddenly-ineffective Mario Williams, the rehabbing Cameron Wake, Kiko Alonso and Mike Pouncey, the suspended Dion Jordan, the thin running game and the absence of Brent Grimes at cornerback. But more than anything, there are questions about Ryan Tannehill. Even if all the other questions are answered optimistically, there is rightful skepticism about the quarterback. There is not a great deal of evidence Tannehill is the guy who can resurrect a moribund franchise, and now it's the 37-year-old Gase who must lead the way.

    "I've seen him play live two times in my life," Gase said Tuesday.

    Gase said the offense will be in "an experimental phase" to start.

    And Tannehill?