A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.
What happens when a group of analysts runs through a mock draft? In the case of the Draft Wire’s first-round projection, the Cleveland Browns land a couple of familiar and popular names. The twist here: I made the picks for the Browns. They are based on the decision I believe Sashi Brown and the Cleveland front office would make in the same situation. Myles Garrett at No. 1 was a no-brainer. In fact, that is the gist of the explanation, He’s the best talent in this draft. No need to overthink it for a team desperate for impact talent. At No. 12, I was definitely landing a quarterback, as I strongly suspect the Browns will do in April’s actual draft if they haven’t traded for one already. With
Rob Gronkowski with Lauren Hernandez and Waka Flocka Flame at the Daytona 500. (Getty Images) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — New England Patriots tight end and tailgate-in-human-form Rob Gronkowski is in Florida for the Daytona 500, and he’s enjoying himself immensely
Indiana’s Collin Hartman hasn’t appeared in a game this year after suffering a torn ACL in the offseason. Still he managed to make one heck of a highlight this weekend. The Hoosier senior took the opportunity of his senior night speech to propose to his girlfriend, an Indiana cheerleader. She said yes. Hartman’s night wasn’t the only one that was a success, as Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak with a win Saturday over Northwestern.
The Dolphins know that receiver Kenny Stills will get more money from another team than what the Dolphin can or will pay him. The amount of money Stills will get is beginning to come into focus. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the market for Still already is in the range of $12 million per year. This hasn’t kept the Dolphins from officially bowing out, but unless Stills is willing to take less than he could get elsewhere, he’s likely to leave. As Salguero explained last week on PFT Live, the situation boils down to one simple proposition: Other teams will pay Stills like a No. 1 receiver, and the Dolphins won’t — because their No. 1 receiver is Jarvis Landry. Salguero now points
For a second straight week it looks like the same three teams out of the Big Ten are projected to make the NIT. Not much changed from a week ago to now when it comes to which Big Ten teams will have a shot at playing postseason ball outside of the big dance. Last week’s NIT bracketology breakdown was courteous of DRatings, and this week I’m taking a look at the other primary NIT bracketology source — NYC Buckets. The latest projection from NYC Buckets has the same three teams from last week’s DRatings’ projections in the NIT field. Below is the list and seed for all three. Big Ten In 2/27 NYC Buckets NIT Projections: #2 - Illinois #3 - Ohio State #4 - Indiana All three of these teams on this
Amir Khan has "a great chance" of dethroning Manny Pacquiao to become the WBO welterweight champion when the pair meet in April, says Oscar De La Hoya. Khan's (31-4) long-desired bout came to fruition after he topped a Twitter poll Pacquiao (59-6-2) ran to see who fans wanted his next opponent to be. De La Hoya, who held titles in six different divisions before bringing down the curtain on his decorated career in 2009, believes Khan has the requisite ability to take the belt Pacquiao won against Jessie Vargas in November.
Before the spending begins, let the arguing begin. The annual PFT Hot 100 Free Agents list has been posted. We know most of the top players — starting with No. 1 Le’Veon Bell — won’t be allowed to come near the open market, but we still ranked them among players at all positions who stand to get paid, handsomely, sometime in the next couple of weeks. The list includes all sorts of players, young and old, who figure to make a bunch of money if they actually hit the open market next week. Because a lot can and will change between now and then and then certainly throughout March when the market actually opens, we’ll update the list as teams pass on contract options and roster bonuses and release
In the second bit on non-surprising news of this Monday, the Arizona Cardinals officially placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones. Arizona president Michael Bidwill had said at least twice in recent weeks that the team would tag Jones, whom it acquired via trade with the New England Patriots last season. The Patriots drafted the 6-foot-5 pass rusher 21st overall out of Syracuse in 2012, and he totaled 36 sacks in 55 games.
The Patriots have a lot of free agency needs. From retaining top free agents and finding their veteran replacements should any of those free agents sign with another team, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. The Patriots have about $60M in cap space, but a lot of that will be spent on retaining their own key free agents. The top priority for the Patriots will be signing LB Dont’a Hightower to a long-term deal. Hightower was initially drafted by the Patriots 25th overall in the 2012 draft. Hightower’s leadership and play-making abilities at both linebacker and off the edge is what enticed the Patriots in the first place and he’s been everything they could hope for. There is the issue
On Monday, Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart revealed during his weekly press conference that sophomore guard Tevin Mack, who was suspended indefinitely more than six weeks ago, will be granted his release from the program. “It’s my job as the head coach to always do the right thing for our program and for the guys within our program. The guys that we have out there playing – that’s who we need to have in the game,” Smart said in January. “Tevin is a very talented player. He’s got a lot going for him, but right now the guys that are wearing a Texas uniform are the guys that need to be wearing a Texas uniform.” Unsurprisingly, Smart and Mack have decided that the talented wing will not put
Martin Hanzal has reportedly been traded to the Minnesota Wild, in a move that could potentially strengthen a team that is already loaded with talent at center.
Welcome aboard, Dan Le Batard! According to our latest records, you’re a racist. All it takes is for two or more public figures to claim such and, Bingo!, you’re a racist! Last week on his Miami-based ESPN TV and radio show, Le Batard reacted to the selection of Magic Johnson to run the Lakers’ (dis)organization with applicable sense: He said it seems Johnson was chosen because he was a great player and remains a popular and charming presence, but was not selected for his basketball business acumen, thus he’s a bad choice. Le Batard’s position was bolstered by none other than Magic Johnson, whose two engagements as an ESPN NBA expert painfully showed him detached from the NBA’s players and issues.
As free agency approaches, the rumors are going to fly. It’s that time of year again, when NFL players are hitting free agency and being linked to various teams. Right now, NFL teams are making moves to free up cap space and prepare for the moves they may make in free agency.
1 2/27/2017 6:18 AM PST JaVale McGee's mother is FURIOUS at Shaquille O'Neal -- calling for "Inside the NBA" to fire Shaq for blasting her son on TV and social media. It's the latest in a bitter feud between Shaq and McGee -- a feud that started years ago when Shaq started mocking the Golden State Warriors player in his Shaqtin' a Fool segment on "Inside the NBA." Now, with tensions at an all-time high after Shaq WENT IN on McGee again last week -- on TV and on social media -- JaVale's mother (an ex-WNBA star herself) says O'Neal crossed the line. "He cyberbullied my son,” Pamela McGee told The Undefeated ... "Totally inappropriate. Shaquille needs to lose his job or be suspended. The NBA needs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After Deontay Wilder had vanquished his latest opponent Gerald Washington on Saturday night, just as he had vanquished 36 men before him — by way of vicious knockout, this one in the fifth round — “The Bronze Bomber” turned introspective in his post-fight news conference. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), fighting in his home state for the fourth time as the WBC heavyweight champion, and for the third time at Legacy Arena, not to mention before a prime-time national television audience on Fox, addressed his greatest fear as perhaps the most feared puncher on the planet. “On the outside of the ring, I’m a gentleman,” he said. “On the inside of the ring, I’m the Bronze Bomber, don’t care
Daniel Bard is hoping to pitch his way back to prominence. For a time, Daniel Bard was one of baseball’s most effective and feared relievers. Now the 31-year-old right-hander is scratching and clawing for one more opportunity in the big leagues, which he hopes will come this season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Elam, a highly disappointing former first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens, wasn’t likely to garner much attention on the free-agent market next month – safeties credited with one tackle on defense in nine games rarely do. According to Miami-Dade police records, Elam was booked into a city correctional facility at 3:45 a.m. He is facing multiple charges: possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis (a felony), possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and reckless driving. Police said they pulled Elam over for reckless driving and while searching his car discovered 126 grams of marijuana as well as 3 grams of oxycodone.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Let's head to Texas now where a transgender teenager named Mack Beggs has won a wrestling championship he didn't really want to win. That's because he's being forced to wrestle girls when he identifies as a boy. Now, this comes just days after the White House rolled back Obama-era guidance protecting transgender students in public schools, making Mack Beggs a reluctant symbol of a nation divided on transgender student rights. We're joined now by Asa Merritt, a reporter in West Texas, who's going to tell us more about it. Hi, Asa. Thanks so much for joining us. ASA MERRITT, BYLINE: Absolutely a pleasure to be here. MARTIN: So first of all, tell us about Mack Beggs. Who is
Inside a raucous Hilton Coliseum, fans have watched as their Cyclones have strolled to six straight NCAA Tournaments. The wins have piled up as Hilton Magic returned to form, much to the delight of Cyclone fans all across the great state of Iowa. For a streak that screams consistency, outsiders often view Iowa State as a place with a constant turnover of talent. As transfers made their way to and from Ames, the backbone of the team remained the four year players.
MESA, AZ — I’ve been covering spring training for eight years, and in just those eight years a lot has changed in the Cactus and Grapefruit League experiences. The parks are bigger and fancier and the vibe is far more akin to a regular season major league one than the intimate and laid back atmosphere most people think of when they picture February and March baseball. Just imagine, however, how much has changed if you’ve been coming to Florida or Arizona for a really long time. “When we first started coming, you could bring your own beer in,” says Don Harper, a lifelong Cubs fan from Kennewick, Washington who spends his winters in Arizona. “You couldn’t bring a cooler, but you could bring a case
Today marked the first day of running for Formula 1’s new 2017 cars in anger at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, as this week sees a four-day test from today through March 2. And thanks to an apparent relaxing of the rules to allow for teams to post quick video on social media, you can hear the new cars as well as see them. This is a good spot from F1 on NBC Sports producer Jason Swales: Teams and onlookers at the test have taken the opportunity to post up these video clips to Twitter. An assortment of clips are below: MERCEDES RED BULL FORCE INDIA WILLIAMS MCLAREN TORO ROSSO HAAS RENAULT Ferrari and Sauber haven’t yet released clips from their official accounts, but those may come later today.
For the first time in three years, a coin flip is necessary to finalize the NFL draft order. At the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts will flip a coin to decide which team lands the No. 15 pick, although the Vikings already signed the rights of their first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres watches as they play against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 15, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended from coaching the Jr. Sabres after his team was involved in a youth hockey brawl Saturday. “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo Jr. Sabres game on Saturday,” said Buffalo Jr. Sabres President Kevyn Adams in a statement to local media outlets.
The head of the baseball players' union says "that page has been turned" in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances' agents. Levine had called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18. The Yankees beat Betances in the case, and he will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. "Dellin is focused in on the season, we're focused in on the season and look forward to have him continue to do what he's always done, which has been a tremendous contributor to his club and winning on the field," union chief Tony Clark said Sunday.