1 / 19
A member of the grounds crew works on the field after a heavy rain soaked Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Cubs grounds crew battles rain at Wrigley

A quick and heavy rain storm caught the Chicago Cubs grounds crew by surprise on Tuesday night and they were unable to complete their typically routine task in a timely manner. By the time the tarp was in place, roughly six or seven minutes after they started, the rains were almost finished, but the field was ultimately left in unplayable condition. The Cubs grounds crew worked over four and a half hours to repair the field, but the decision was made to call the game with Chicago leading 2-0 over the San Francisco Giants after four and a half innings, which made it an official game.
Mark Townsend

  • 76ers stop singer from performing national anthem for 'We Matter' jersey

    The NBA’s much-anticipated continuation of the NFL’s national anthem protests have so far been pretty tame. Philadelphia 76ers officials apparently wanted to avoid even the mild controversy drummed up by those incidents at their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Recording artist Sevyn Streeter was set to perform the national anthem, but she never made it out onto the court once the powers that be saw her “We Matter” t-shirt.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Chief Wahoo debate intensifies with the World Series in Cleveland

    In the middle was Sundance, the one-named activist who oversees the Cleveland American Indian Movement, the group that has been protesting Cleveland’s Chief Wahoo logo and the Indians’ team name on every Opening Day for the past 46 years. The Indians being in the World Series inspired him to organize his first protest of the postseason, to get his message in front of a bigger, potentially international audience.

    Big League Stew
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Rangers' five unanswered goals catapults them past Bruins, 5-2

    The Bruins jumped out to an early lead, but couldn't hold on as the Rangers stormed back in the final two periods with five unanswered goals. Led by Brandon Pirri, the Rangers defeated the struggling Bruins 5-2.

    NBC Sports
  • Video: Cam Talbot was very angry with T.J. Oshie

    Cam Talbot had another strong game for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night by stopping 34 of the 35 Washington Capitals shots he faced in a 4-1 win, improving his season save percentage to a robust .927. Along with backstopping the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games to open the season, the team’s best start since a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky played for them, he was also involved in some rough stuff in the second period when he went old school on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie for charging into his crease and cross-checking him. Talbot’s response (as seen in the video above) was an attempt to feed Oshie his blocker pad. The end result of that exchange was Oshie getting a two-minute

  • NASCAR (Finally) Limits Cup Drivers in Xfinity and Truck Races

    The 2017 rules for Xfinity state that a full-time Cup driver with five or more full seasons can race in no more than 10 Xfinity races. The races they can partake in are also limited. Out of the 33 planned Xfinity races next year, full-time Cup drivers cannot race in any of the seven Chase races, the regular season finale prior to the Chase, or the four ‘Dash for Cash’ races—which are yet to be announced.

    The Drive
  • Russell Wilson has a radical idea for breaking ties after OT

    Daddy-to-be Russell Wilson wasn’t thrilled to walk off the field after Sunday’s strange 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals. You kick one field goal,” Wilson told reporters in Arizona. “You can’t do anything else but a field goal.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Shea Weber powers Canadiens’ early surge after controversial trade

    The puck rolled to Shea Weber and everyone in Barclays Center knew what was coming next. In the process, he screened him, and Weber’s point blast on the power play at 17:03 gave the Habs the lead and eventually the win, 3-2, improving to 6-0-1 on the young season. “I’m maybe [surprised] at the point total,” said Montreal’s Paul Byron.

    Puck Daddy
  • HSBC Champions: Tee Times, TV Schedule, Prize Money

    (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

  • Video: Infant Twins Might Be the Chicago Cubs' Littlest Fans

    And Chicago Cubs fans are kind of licking their wounds this morning after last night's big defeat to the Indians but still. Just getting to the World Series has been a lifetime wait for many cubs fans. But for true of those fans it's only been four months Jacqueline Driscoll of our station in Springfield Illinois has a story. It's the curse of the Billy goat that many cubs fans blame for their set any one year long drought but maybe they just needed a good luck charm. Or to. As a superstitious cubs fan. Moon I'll put some correlation there. Clark and Addison McFarland recognize the names any good cubs fan will it at C intersection where Wrigley Field stands he. Scott Clark Addison's dad says

    ABC News
  • Russell Westbrook's reaction to this 76ers fan's middle fingers is the best

    The start of the NBA season brings lots of excitement for fans. Many of the best athletes in the world are back on our TV screens on a nightly basis, and storylines such as Kevin Durant’s first games with the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first attempts to defend their historic title loom large. Also, sometimes an angry Philadelphia 76ers fan in an Allen Iverson jersey flips off Russell Westbrook and elicits one of the funniest reactions you’ll ever see.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Georges St-Pierre shuts down rumored Michael Bisping fight at UFC 206

    A proposed fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping at UFC 206 was quickly shot down by GSP. For a moment, there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing battle between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC. After St-Pierre declared himself as a free agent, the UFC drew their line in the sand and stated that the former champion was still under contract.

  • Rumor Roundup: Goldberg HoF, McMahon/Trump, Hardy/TNA, Paige

    Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Goldberg is expected to headline the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017. Vince McMahon reportedly told current talent (and any former employees who asked him) to not respond to media inquiries about WWE Hall of Famer and

    Cageside Seats
  • Bills say if Patriots run through their pregame drills again there will be another fight

    The first time the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills played each other this year, the most memorable highlight might have been a pregame skirmish. The Bills are promising more fireworks if the Patriots don’t show more respect for their pregame warmups. Football doesn’t have a ton of unwritten rules, but one is that you don’t run through the other team’s warmup drills before the game.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Welcome to the Tim Tebow baseball and PR Experience

    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

  • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • The Days of Chief Wahoo are numbered

    One of the more common responses to what I’ve posted about Chief Wahoo lately is “it’s just a cartoon character! Nobody cares!” Well, looking at that guy in the photo above and many others dressed like him at Progressive Field the past two days is evidence that it is not just a cartoon character. A certain swath of Indians fans think that, because of their team’s name and mascot, it’s totally acceptable to show up in public looking like this. Wahoo as an official trademark of a Major League Baseball club gives people license to dress up in redface — or in this case, red and blackface — with headdresses on, turning a real people and a real culture into a degrading caricature. It’s not just a cartoon

  • Don’t look now, but the Red Wings have won five straight

    A 26th straight playoff appearance? It seemed, when this season began, that not many were giving the Detroit Red Wings much of a chance to accomplish the feat. Time will tell. Despite their doubters, the Red Wings have now won five straight games, following a pretty uninspiring start with back-to-back losses in Florida to begin the season. Their latest win came Tuesday, as the Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. (For Carolina, that wraps up a six-game road trip to begin the season.) Dylan Larkin, who had 23 goals as a rookie in 2015-16, finally got his first two goals of this season, scoring twice against the Hurricanes. So far, 11 players on their roster have scored, with Darren Helm

  • Trevor Bauer got a hilarious psych-out gift from a Cubs fan

    It’s been an eventful postseason for Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer. Two weeks ago he needed stitches after his pinky finger got mangled while repairing one of his hobby drones. Trevor Bauer had to leave in the first inning of ALCS Game 3 because of his bloody pinky.

    Big League Stew
  • New starter Dennis Schröder signs a multi-year extension with the Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks did as they had to. Fourth-year guard Dennis Schröder was signed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension on Wednesday, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe were the first to break the news. The move came on the eve of Schröder’s debut as a (hoped-for) season-long starter as Atlanta starting point guard, with the Hawks opening their 2016-17 campaign at home against Washington on Thursday night.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Column: Should NHRA get with the times to grow sport?

    Drag racing has been one of the biggest motorsport passions of my life. Ever since the first time I went to the now-defunct U.S. 30 Dragstrip in northwest Indiana – with the famous loud and echoing radio liner, “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, at beautiful U.S. 30 Dragstrip, where the GREAT ONES Runnnnnnn!” – in the early 1970s, I’ve been a big fan of the quarter-mile. (By the way, for those in the Midwest who remember U.S. 30, which closed nearly 30 years ago, efforts are under way to bring it back. But I digress.) As a reporter, I’ve covered drag racing since the early 1980s. I still get as excited today following the sport as I did back then. But … and you probably figured a but was coming. While

  • The Dr. Saturday Podcast: The College Football Rankings are coming

    Will Michigan remain undefeated after playing reeling rival Michigan State. In this week’s edition of the rankings we wonder if Tuesday’s College Football Playoff rankings will mimic the AP poll. As always, you can listen to the podcast in the player below or via iTunes where you can subscribe right here.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Tom Brady's mother actually believes her son is really fast

    Mrs. Brady loves her son dearly, we’re certain, and the New England Patriots quarterback confirmed that on Wednesday when asked about a key scramble against the Pittsburgh Steelers — with the auspice of knowing, well, the dude is as slow as a sloth. “Don’t tell my mom that,” Brady said. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is really fast.

    Shutdown Corner
  • NBA's Morris Twins -- Sued For Alleged Basketball Court Beatdown

    Marcus and Markieff Morris have been sued by a man who claims the NBA star twin brothers beat him to a bloody pulp during a 2015 incident ... and now he's messed up physically and emotionally.  The man behind the lawsuit is Erik Hood -- who says he went to a youth basketball game in Phoenix in January 2015 because he's friends with one of the coaches ... only to be attacked by the Morris brothers after the game.  In the suit, filed by David Gammill of Geragos & Geragos, Hood says the Morris bros -- along with 3 other men -- had "formulated a joint plan to attack" ... and then executed it after the game.  Hood says one of the men said to him, "(expletive), you know what time it is" -- and then

  • Report: Bulls close to deal with former Celtic R.J. Hunter

    The No. 28 pick, R.J. Hunter became the first first-rounder from last year’s draft to fall out of the NBA when the Celtics waived him. He won’t be out of the league for long. The Bulls, the only team with an open roster spot, appear close to adding him. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports: Hunter belongs in the league.  Though he must knock down shots far more reliably than he has, Hunter has potential as an outside shooter with complementary ball skills to provide value. Boston just had more NBA-caliber players than roster spots. He’s far from a lock to succeed in the NBA, but I value Hunter about as much as Tony Snell – whom the Bulls just traded for an upgrade at backup point guard in Michael Carter-Williams.

  • Alex Rodriguez is taking his analyst role quite seriously

    If you’ve happened to catch any of the coverage of the 2016 postseason on Fox and FS1, you’ve heard former Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez as part of an analyst panel with host Kevin Burkhardt and former major leaguers Pete Rose and Frank Thomas. Rodriguez has drawn rave reviews not just for passing a rather low bar we set for former athletes-turned-commentators, but because he’s adding real insight drawn both from his playing days and from doing research. Indeed, Rodriguez is taking his new job as an analyst quite seriously, Newsday’s Neil Best reports. Bardia Shah-Rais, the VP of production for Fox, said of Rodriguez, “This is not a hobby for him. It’s not a parachute in. He’s invested. If we have