A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.
As the Indians embark on their first World Series since 1997, they're lucky to have second baseman Jason Kipnis in the starting lineup.
Cleveland punched its ticket to the Fall Classic last Wednesday, when it beat the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series. For a team that hasn't won a World Series in more than 50 years, the Indians' celebration was understandably epic.
But good times weren't the only thing rolling that night.
Just after the Indians beat Toronto to clinch a World Series berth, Kipnis rolled his ankle while embracing Francisco Lindor.
— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) October 23, 2016
Still, his ankle looks pretty gross.
— Heidi Watney (@HeidiWatney) October 25, 2016
The Indians have had their fair share of injuries this year, losing two of the team's best starting pitchers along the way. But those were common injuries, such as forearm strains or fractured hands.
Kipnis' celebration-induced ankle sprain marks the Indians' second freak injury this postseason.
Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer sliced his finger while repairing a drone and exited a game last week because he was bleeding all over the mound. Bauer is good to go now, though, and will start Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Freak injuries won't stop the Indians.
Let's see if the Cubs will.
Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.
The Spurs took advantage of the Warriors' weaknesses to the tune of a 29 point demolition on opening night. The Warriors lack proven depth, and the Spurs bench outscored the Warriors bench 54-16 with Jonathon Simmons, Manu Ginobili, and Patty Mills all in double figures. Another area of concern for Golden State is size and rim protection, and the Spurs out-rebounded them 55 to 35 and 21 to eight on the offensive glass. David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon came up with a combined seven offensive boards as reserves to add to LaMarcus Aldridge's eight. The degree of domination was surprising, but it's not shocking that the Spurs won in these specific facets of the game. What was a great sign for Spurs fans
Just watch his episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls for proof of all of this. The Seattle Times caught up with a few guys on Seattle’s roster and asked for their favorite Marshawn stories. My first week here, we were outside on the field, and I was talking to Justin Forsett.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced it has partnered with the American Red Cross as the primary sponsor on the No. 44 of Brian Scott this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in an effort to help Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. Scott’s car will feature text message code fans can use in order to donate to the Red Cross’ efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. Fans can help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting http://www.redcross.org/rpm-pub, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999, which will be featured on the No. 44 Ford Fusion this weekend, to make a $10 donation. “With the significance that Hurricane Matthew had on the Carolinas, Virginia and really all of the Southeast coast, we knew it was extremely important to give back to our community in a partnership with the American Red Cross,” Richard Petty said in a press release.
While Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters he will be looking to cut payroll and shake up his roster before next season, Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech believes the Tigers have no interest in trading 2B Ian Kinsler and RHP Justin Verlander. "We want to get younger," Avila said two weeks ago. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means." Kinsler, 34, who hit .288 with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs this season, will earn just $21 million over the next two years and be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me The Mets technically need a second baseman.
When the Chicago Cubs announced their lineup for Game 1 of the World Series, one big, expensive name was missing: Jason Heyward, the outfielder whom they signed to a $184 million, eight-year contract this past offseason. Instead, Joe Maddon put journeyman Chris Coghlan in right field. Two things: Yes, Maddon calls Jason Heyward “Jeyward” and Maddon said things could easily be different in Game 2, which makes sense considering how much he tinkers with the Cubs’ lineup.
And the latest Undercover Lyft driver is ... Rob Gronkowski. In a video from the ride-sharing service that aired on “GMA” today, the tight end for the New England Patriots disguises himself in a pair of wigs and drives unsuspecting passengers around
Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team released Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.
A survey of more than 4,000 people, conducted by BBC Radio 5 Live, has found that 82% of soccer fans in England, Scotland and Wales would have no problem with having a gay player on their team. A lack of acceptance of gay players has made headlines in the NFL in recent years, and it remains a taboo subject in the European game. The first player to come out in England was Justin Fashanu in 1990.
LeBron James let the Knicks know early in the third quarter he was done messing around. “When this is over and that banner goes up, there’s only one thing left to do,” said Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert after receiving his 2016 NBA championship ring from Commissioner Adam Silver at center court of Quicken Loans Arena. The long journey to back-to-back titles begins with a single step, one the Cavs took confidently on Tuesday night, as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put the hammer down on the visiting New York Knicks in the third quarter to open the 2016-17 NBA season with a 117-88 victory.
(c) 2016 Time Inc. Star-Studded Field for First WGC Event of the Season Russell Knox looks to defend his 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions title against a star-studded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.Russell Knox
Kyle Busch will only be able to make 10 Xfinity Series starts in 2017. A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official. NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017.
In the last seven days, I've talked to a handful of Mets insiders, none of whom believe Tim Tebow will be with the team next spring in Port St. Lucie. I've heard several different reasons behind their thinking. But, in the end, everyone agreed that -- if he's still with the organization -- he's more likely to show up in St. Lucie when minor-league camp starts, as opposed to when big leaguers arrive in February. This is good news ... if you ask me. It's nothing against Tebow, who has every right to pursue a career in baseball. It's just, the Mets have real goals, and real business at hand, as they try to right their ship and get back to the World Series. I expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah
Kyle Schwarber is a freak of nature, a hitter with the hand-eye coordination, explosiveness and guts to do what should be impossible. Now you know why the Cubs always believed Schwarber could help get them that championship parade down Michigan Avenue — and how the Cleveland Indians won’t just fade into history’s background as The Other Team. “No, not right now,” Schwarber said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a predicament on their hands when the team comes out of the bye week and starts preparing for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. Some might think the predicament is whether Ladarius Green is ready to be activated to the 53-man roster yet, a task they have 21 days to officially do, but the real question is not if, but when, Green is activated, who becomes the odd man out at the tight end position? The current tight end depth chart reads as follows (in no particular order): Jesse James Xavier Grimble David Johnson There is no debate about Jesse James. The 2015 5th round draft pick has been the main man at the tight end position, routinely playing more than 90-percent of
Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown ranked second in the NFL among all wide receivers, with a total of 1,834 yards. New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall clocked in fourth, with 1,502. Analyze data for the past three years, and Brown’s still in the lead with an average of 125 receptions and 1,677 yards, while Marshall averaged 90 catches and 1,173 yards.
Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier exited his team’s Tuesday game against the San Jose Sharks with an upper body injury. It’s unclear when exactly Bernier was hurt. It was just the second game for Bernier with his new team this season.
NEW YORK - Aly Raisman reached out her fist and unfolded her fingers, holding her hand out perfectly flat. "Gymnasts are supposed to look like this," she said, "like stick figures; having a butt is bad in gymnastics." She turned to Simone Biles, her U.S. teammate sitting next to her, and lets out a laugh. "It's true!" the 19 year-old said, giggling. Biles and Raisman aren't like regular gymnasts. They're the best two in the world, for a start. Raisman, the U.S. gymnastics team captain in 2016, added to her three medal-haul from London 2012 with a gold and two silvers in Rio. She was only bettered by Biles, the teenage phenomenon who walked away from her debut Olympics with four gold medals and
Since the Chicago Bears are currently mired in a 1-6 season and Alshon Jeffery is a pending unrestricted free agent playing on a franchise tag, all options are being considered regarding the 26-year-old receiver. According to Benjamin Allbright as well as Jason La Canfora, the Philadelphia Eagles are working to push through a trade for Jeffery by the November 1st deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET. If the deal was to be completed, the Eagles would need to “work out a long term deal” and a mid-round pick would come back to the Bears as compensation. Philadelphia is also rumored to be in on San Francisco 49ers receiver, Torrey Smith, who has never seemed to be a quality fit with head coach Chip Kelly’s offense and the 49ers.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Antoine Griezmann has won the best player award in the Spanish league for last season. The Atletico Madrid forward was announced as the winner in a ceremony organized by La Liga in Valencia on Monday. The Frenchman was not at the ceremony. Atletico also had Diego Simeone win the best coach award, Diego Godin earn the best defender award, and Jan Oblak clinch best goalkeeper. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was selected as the best forward, and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric as the best midfielder. Team captains voted for the top players in each position, while a data-analysis system generated the best player award. Barcelona won the Spanish league last season, ahead of Real Madrid and
Byron Scott is a different type of cat. The former Nets, New Orleans, Cavaliers and Lakers coach does not have the shiniest track record in spite of making two NBA Finals as lead coach and winning the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in 2008, and he turned his legacy into a complete hash of things during that disastrous two year run with Los Angeles between 2014-16. Charged with making life prettier for the team’s local television viewers during the final two seasons of Kobe Bryant’s career while developing some semblance of a youth movement on the side, Scott failed miserably with both tasks.
Most observers have already handed the 2016 Heisman Trophy to Lamar Jackson, but there are still a couple of players who could make the race at least mildly interesting. The Louisville quarterback is, once again, Bovada.lv‘s overwhelming favorite to win this year’s Heisman, coming in at 1/3 (bet three dollars to win one). Those are slightly shorter odds than the 1/2 Jackson was getting a week ago. Tied at 15/2 are Michigan’s jack-of-all-trades Jabrill Peppers and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Peppers was at 33/1 just three weeks ago, while Watson, the preseason wagering favorite, will have a high-profile matchup with Florida State in which to bolster his Heisman pedigree and chip into Jackson’s
It’s been so long since either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians won the World Series that Hollywood stepped in long ago. In the 1993 film “Rookie of the Year,” the Cubs got their long-overdue World Series ring thanks in part to a 12-year-old kid named Henry Rowengartner who miraculously could throw 103 mph after breaking his arm. In 1989, Cleveland native and filmmaker David S. Ward created “Major League,” a movie that aimed to turn the loser Indians into unlikely champs.
Claressa Shields celebrates after winning her second Olympic gold medal. There will be no third gold medal for Claressa Shields. The only American to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004 is turning professional and will make her pro debut on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Ward-Sergey Kovalev pay-per-view show.