LeBron James led the Miami Heat to a second straight NBA Finals title with a Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
LeBron James led the Miami Heat to a second straight NBA Finals title with a Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
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.
Rickie Fowler is borrowing an idea from his friend Jimmy Walker at The Honda Classic this week: he's playing with a shortened driver. Walker cut his driver down earlier this year at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and credited the change for his hot start. Fowler followed suit and with his Cobra driver, cut from 44 1/2 inches to 43 1/2 inches, hit 31 of 42 fairways through three rounds at PGA National.
The 2017 NFL draft is still two months away, but there are already a million mock drafts flying across the web from national experts, team beat writers and just about anyone else who has an internet connection and a slightly unhealthy affinity for Draft Breakdown. But those projections typically give the reader one person’s perspective on how the first round (or more) could shake out. There will be wide-ranging opinions and scenarios across different mocks, but with each one, you’ll typically find just one brain coming to those conclusions. Here are Draft Wire, we thought we’d try something a bit different. We’ve teamed up with 31 other experts, from national analysts to team beat writers and
Every tennis fan's dream unfolded on Sunday night for two late-night players, who were surprised by none other than Serena Williams. The entire scene was documented on Serena's Snapchat story, most of which was filmed by her fiancé, Reddit co-founder
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
The New England Patriots can reach a contract extension with their current free agents at any given time, but most players will wait until free agency before making a decision. Patriots DT Alan Branch probably won’t sign before free agency, but the wheels for an extension will be in motion before the end of February. “I love the Patriots,” Branch told SiriusXM hosts Bob Papa and Ross Tucker, via NESN’s Doug Kyed. “They gave me a second chance at my career. They gave me two years, but at the same time it’s a business. It’s business on their end, and it’s business on mine. I gotta do what’s best for my family. I got four kids. I got a lot of mouths to feed, lotta weddings — I got three girls. I
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
Jose Calderon looks set to make a big leap up the West standings. Barring a major turn of events, veteran point guard Jose Calderon will join the Golden State Warriors later this week to provide a known quantity at the end of the bench. The biggest roadblock to the deal was completed on Monday when the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a buyout with Calderon and promptly waived him ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.
ESPN.com Jose Quintana is still be a member of the Chicago White Sox, but demand for the 28-year-old left-hander “appears to be as robust as ever,” reports Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. According to Levine, the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees are “dug into the sweepstakes" for Quintana. The rebuilding White Sox sent staff ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox this offseason and reportedly were seriously interested in dealing Quintana as well. Chicago is believed to be seeking several elite prospects in return for Quintana, whose value is even higher due to his team-friendly contract. Quintana is owed $14.35 million over the next two seasons, and the
Impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to get the franchise tag from Washington by the deadline on Wednesday, according to ESPN. But that wouldn’t rule out Cousins landing with the 49ers and his former coordinator Kyle Shanahan. It’s been widely reported that Cousins and Washington have struggled to come up with an agreement on a long-term contract. If Washington isn’t confident it can get Cousins to sign a long-term deal, he could be given the transition tag, which would allow other teams to sign the signal caller to an offer sheet. The two teams could then work out a trade. The 49ers last worked out a significant trade involving a quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine in
Rickie Fowler picked up his fourth career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, but it wasn't as smooth as the four-stroke barrier indicates. He started the day with a four-shot lead and won the Honda Classic by that much, but Fowler, who was 0 for 4 in converting 54-hole leads or co-leads entering Sunday, shot a two-over 37 on the front nine and saw his lead slip to one at times. "He hasn't learned how to do that yet." In his press conference, Fowler was asked specifically about Miller's comments. "Well, I started with a four-shot lead and I still won by four, so I didn't play great," he said. A win's a win." It was Fowler's first win since the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Both McGregor and Mayweather insist they are keen on meeting in the boxing ring in a fight that could become the richest in combat sport history. White has previously insisted his promotion will not sit back and allow the McGregor vs Mayweather fight to happen without their involvement, adding such a move would be "the stupidest in history". Mayweather has since urged McGregor to speak to his MMA bosses and get the green light to "make it happen", but White insists there has been no progress.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested early Saturday morning and faces a number of charges , including public intoxication and fleeing the scene. The fleeing the scene charge has drawn the most attention because, according to the arresting officer’s report, Mayfield tried to run and was chased down from behind by the police. Meaning the police play better defense than just about everybody else in the Big 12. Anyway, while I crack jokes here, plenty of others had fun with Mayfield’s arrest on the internet as well, including former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, who jumped in the fray by retweeting a doctored photo he saw. Yes, it’s funny, but I have to say I’m worried about Barry’s memory.
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.
Make plans to be on your phone or in front of a computer hitting refresh on your browser because that day is when the opening bell rings on NFL free agency for 2017. There’s no shortage of optimism for NFL fans in the spring, and nothing says hope springs eternal like a brand new free agent acquisition. As a responsible media organization, we should probably caution you not to put too much faith in free agency.
It’s been one month since Joel Embiid last took the court for the Philadelphia 76ers. From the sound of things, it might be a while before we see him do it again. [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Basketball contest now | Free NBA Yahoo Cup entry] Three days
Kim Mulkey, the highly successful coach of the Baylor women’s basketball team, is walking back her tone-deaf comments made Saturday. The remarks, a stirring and tone-deaf defense of the school as it faces allegations of sexual assault, received immediate and widespread condemnation. “I hate that I used the remark about punching them in the face,” Mulkey said, speaking to espnW on Sunday. “That was not literal. I was trying to make a point, to be firm in what you are saying back at them. I’m not a violent person. I apologize for the very poor choice of words.” The line to which she refers were made after she won her 500th game as a head coach, and while standing at the center of the basketball
During a tremendously stacked weekend in which the Texas Longhorns hosted upwards of 90 prospects for junior days, four-star Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad was among the very best in attendance. A key target at a key position, the Houston-area prospect was a surprise visitor, and a significant one as Tom Herman was able to get Muhammad on campus for the first time during his tenure. The visit came after Muhammad unofficially visited Oklahoma State earlier this month and Clemson in late January. “I enjoyed myself at all 3 schools,” Muhammad told Burnt Orange Nation. “They were all really good visits that I don't regret taking.” While on the Forty Acres, Muhammad said he was able to talk
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.
Fowler was an active child, and Taka wanted to keep the boy busy while at the same time learning how to play golf himself. The driving range pro, Barry McDonnell, gave the child a few games to keep him occupied. Little Rickie had a good, albeit unorthodox, swing. "I'm going to build him a great golfing mind," he told his friend and driving range co-founder, Bill Teasdall, "and by the time he's 20, he won't even know where it came from." Rory McIlroy had the best year in 2014, but Fowler wasn't far behind his fellow 25-year-old.
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
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. The Lightning picked up Los Angeles goaltender Peter Budaj, 19-year-old defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft and a conditional pick for 2017 that could turn into a second-rounder depending on how far LA goes in the playoffs.
Danica Patrick was right in the thick of Sunday’s Daytona 500 when she was forced to exit following a 17-car crash that began when Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 car was struck by Trevor Bayne’s No. 6 car. After she was cleared by medical personnel, Patrick spoke with For The Win’s Michelle R. Martinelli and put the blame for the crash on NASCAR’s new rule changes, specifically the rule that created staged racing. “The stages are definitely going to add to it,” Patrick said per Martinelli, “because not only is it creating a reason to push at certain points in the race that aren’t anything but the last 20, but you’re also seeing it shuffling the grid up.” But, that wasn’t the only new rule that Patrick
The MMQB's Emily Kaplan takes a look at what to watch out for during the 2017 NFL Combine. Never been a big combine fan. I’ve always felt it (in part) bastardizes the draft class by getting fans and some scouts and coaches all heated up when some average college player runs fast and jumps high in Indianapolis, and pushes that so-so player up the draft board. Gratuitously. Stephen Hill. 2012. Georgia Tech receiver. Caught 49 passes in his college career. Big guy: 6-4, 215. Ran a 4.30 and 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at Indy. Much frothing over Hill around Lucas Oil Stadium. Jets traded second-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to move up to take Hill in the second round. Hill caught 45 NFL passes, total.