The Cavaliers should be fine at point guard in games that matter. Kyrie Irving is an excellent starter. When Irving rests, LeBron James – in addition to his minutes at forward – can serve as primary ball-handler with an extra wing on the floor. But Cleveland wants to limit LeBron’s and Irving’s playing time to preserve them for another long playoff run, which means finding a more traditional backup point guard for the regular season. The Cavs have Kay Felder, but the transition from the Horizon League to the NBA is a difficult one for anyone, let alone a 5-foot-9 rookie who was drafted No. 54 overall. Mo Williams is somewhere between injured and retired. They might like to add Mario Chalmers,
The NFL has put New York Giants kicker Josh Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list as league investigators go through a trove of newly released documents in which the player admitted to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown. On Friday afternoon Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of Labor Policy & League Affairs, sent a letter to Brown informing him that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had placed him on the except list on a "limited and temporary basis" while the league reviews the documents released by the King County (Washington) Police Department. Brown will be paid his salary "pursuant to the terms" of his contract, and he may appeal the decision within three days of receiving the letter.
Staying busy during their bye week, the Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of 32-year old RT Doug Free to free up additional cap room. With the approaching trade deadline, the move could signal a pending transaction, or could just be the team tidying up a bit. Free had originally signed a three-year, $15 million deal restructure before the 2015 season. He was making $4 million in base salary this season and counted towards $5.5 million against the cap before the restructure. As per the Field Yates tweet, his new cap charge will be $4.5 million, with two million of his remaining base salary being converted into a bonus. Free has long-been a steady fixture of the Cowboys offensive line.
The PGA Tour season wrapped up last month with 27-year-old Rory McIlroy winning the FedEx Cup, golf’s version of a postseason. The year’s four Major tournaments were won by Danny Willett (who is 29), Dustin Johnson (32), Henrik Stenson (40), and Jimmy Walker (37). Johnson was named PGA Tour Player of the Year.
In a post brainstorming trade ideas for this winter, Tigers fan and FanSided contributor Ben Rosener suggests Detroit send OF Cameron Maybin and utility-man Andrew Romine to the Mets for Juan Lagares and two prospects. Maybin, 29, hit .315 with a .383 OBP, four home runs, 14 doubles, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers in 2016. He is a career .259 hitter during roughly 3,000 plate appearances. Maybin will earn $9 million in 2017, after which he is eligible to be a free agent. Romine, 30, hit .236 with just two HR, eight stolen bases and 16 RBI, while playing every position in 2016, including pitching one inning in relief. Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters that
Louisville coach Rick Pitino could face a suspension. The most noteworthy aspect of the Notice of Allegations released Thursday by Louisville is what it doesn’t contain. There was not one word from the man who could have done the most damage to Rick Pitino and the Cardinals basketball program.
Formula 1 rolls into Austin, Texas this weekend for the United States Grand Prix as the fight for the drivers’ championship begins to near its endgame. Nico Rosberg’s ninth victory of the season last time out in Japan saw him move into a 33-point lead at the top of the standings, leaving Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton with a mountain to climb in the closing four races of 2016. Hamilton will be looking to breathe fresh life into his bid for a fourth world title this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas, a track he has won at three times before. Can he impress in front of a packed crowd? Here are our picks for the United States Grand Prix.
Mesut Ozil celebrates the second of his three goals against Ludogorets. For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, something feels a bit different this season. A 6-0 destruction of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday has Arsenal level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Group A, but the remaining head-to-head fixture against the French champions will take place at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Will we see fewer Cup driver appearances in the Xfinity Series in 2017? As always, you can tweet or email us your NASCAR thoughts 24/7 at the links below. Y’all were moved by NASCAR saying earlier this week there was a possibility of a limitation on Sprint Cup Series drivers in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
The Timberwolves are looking to trade a point guard or two. The Cavaliers are looking to trade for a point guard or two. Could it be a match? Shumpert seems like Cleveland’s most likely trade bait, and Minnesota – dangling Tyus Jones and maybe soon Ricky Rubio – is apparently interested. Zach Lowe of ESPN: Keep an eye on Iman Shumpert. Several teams, including Minnesota, have inquired about his availability in the past few weeks and gotten the impression Cleveland is ready to talk, according to several league sources. The Cavs won’t salary-dump Shump for nothing, but given their tax situation, cutting payroll by a few million promises exponential savings. Shumpert is more valuable than Jones,
The NFL, which suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, has some explaining to do. Brown admitted to domestic violence against his wife in police documents that were released on Wednesday. The NFL suspended Brown for a mere one game — despite its supposedly get-tough-on-abuse policy calling for a six-game ban for first-time offenders — and the Giants went out of their way to defend him afterward.
There were three minutes between the final out of the game and when Adrian Gonzalez tapped the “send” button. Gonzalez marched off the field, through the bowels of Dodger Stadium, into his team’s clubhouse. “Somehow this is an out,” Gonzalez tweet said, with a picture attached of the second-inning play where he was ruled out despite his contention that his hand beat the tag.
Nail Yakupov returns to Edmonton tonight, for the first time since the Oct. 7 trade that sent him to St. Louis. To nobody’s surprise, Yakupov wants to make a statement to the team that dealt him away. “I’d like to get two points here in this building for sure,” Yakupov told reporters, per Global News. “Can’t wait.” The first overall pick in 2012, Yakupov struggled through four erratic campaigns in Edmonton before getting a much-needed change of scenery. Though things started well — as a rookie, he scored 17 goals and 31 points during the 48-game lockout campaign — but eventually got to the point where the speedy Russian was playing a complimentary role, at best, in Edmonton’s forward group. There
The 2016-17 NHL season is in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a snapshot of what the League looks like out of the gate. Through Wednesday night’s games, here is the first NHL Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports. While they were dominated
After seeing Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix weekend become something of a washout as torrential rain struck the city of Austin, Texas, Circuit of The Americas chairman Bobby Epstein did not mince his words about the future of the race. Despite seeing Lewis Hamilton clinch his third world title after winning the race of the season at COTA just days earlier, Epstein knew that the storm damage was more than just a little mud and some flooding. When Texas governor Greg Abbott’s office indicated it would be cutting the amount of state funding offered for the race as a result of a drop in attendance and, more crucially, general spending by fans at the track on concessions and apparel, the future for the USGP at COTA looked bleak. Now, the USGP is back at COTA and bigger than ever as it prepares for its fifth running in Austin.
PITTSBURGH (AP) The stakes are nowhere near the same: hockey immortality versus two points in the standings in the second week of a long season. Still, the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins expect the atmosphere to be a little more heated than the usual NHL October product when they meet Thursday night barely four months removed from Pittsburgh’s six-game victory in the Stanley Cup Final. “It was obviously tough to go on that long a journey and lose the way we did,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “I don’t think there was any doubt at the end of the day they deserved to win, but at the same time I think for us it’s a chance to go in, and we’re a different team this year, and make a statement
The restraining order was filed by a woman who works Minnesota home games. A restraining order has been filed against two Minnesota football players. The temporary order was filed in Hennepin County District Court against running back Carlton Djam and defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson.
The Lakers must drop two players before the regular season. The four primary candidates: Nick Young, the only one of the four with a guaranteed salary. There was talk of waiving him anyway, but he has seemingly played his way onto the team in the preseason. Yi Jianlian, who has the highest salary of the group. His partially guaranteed, incentive-laden contract makes him an intriguing trade chip. Thomas Robinson, the youngest of the bunch. The 25-year-old might be the best center in a few years of anyone on the Lakers’ roster. Metta World Peace, the oldest player on the team. He turns 37 next month and hasn’t been productive in years. The Lakers face one tough choice. Waiving World Peace should
GEICO is expanding its NASCAR involvement, the company announced Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. First, GEICO will sponsor the on-track restart zone at Talladega this entire weekend. Then, beginning in 2017, GEICO will sponsor the on-track restart zone at 11 of International Speedway Corporation’s racetracks that hold NASCAR events. Those tracks that will carry the GEICO Restart Zone next season are Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. Auto
The NFL said it is reopening its investigation into New York Giants kicker Josh Brown after documents were released Wednesday in which the player admitted to abusing his former wife, Molly Brown. In March 2013, Josh Brown signed a "Contract for Change" from a counseling and consulting firm in Oregon, saying he would try to set things right with his wife. In the contract, he wrote, "I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly." The contract also stated that he "controlled" her by "making her feel less human than me." As part of the contract, Josh Brown agreed to "journal" at least four times a week. The documents released include Josh Brown's handwritten journal entries, which
The Cubs are up 3-2 in the NLCS and are heading back to Wrigley Field in an effort to punch their first World Series ticket since 1945. For Cubs fans it’s a dream come true. For Dodgers fans it’s nail-biting time. For most of the players involved it’s the biggest test of their professional lives. For many in the baseball media, however, it’ll be an opportunity to throw gleeful, thoughtless punches at a man who doesn’t want or deserve the attention: We all know the story of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS which, yes, began with the Cubs leading the series 3-2 and needing only one win in two games at home to go to the World Series. Bartman, like many other fans in his section that night and like countless
The Mets have decided to bring back Jose Reyes by picking up his 2017 option, which will pay him the Major League minimum, according to FanRag's MLB reporter Jon Heyman. Heyman also reports that the team will reject Jon Niese's $10-million option, instead paying him a $500,000 buyout, sources said. Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me These two moves should not come as a surprise. In fact, three weeks ago I said, "The Mets can't wait to decline Niese's $10 million team option," and I'm sure nothing has changed. In regards to Reyes, the coaches and players all like him, Alderson likes him, the owners like him, he did well, plays three infield positions, can hit
Could Anthony Mantha soon be coming to an NHL arena near you? Mantha, Detroit’s first round pick (20th overall) at the 2013 draft, narrowly missed making the team after an impressive training camp, and has carried that form over to AHL Grand Rapids, where he’s scored five times in his first three games. The Red Wings are well aware of his exploits. “When I see five goals in three games, when I hear he’s playing the right way, hear he’s doing the right things now and he’s starting to get dominant — you want to see them dominate the level below to make sure he’s ready to do the same thing at the level above,” head coach Jeff Blashill said, per the Detroit News. “It’s impossible to expect a player