The Pittsburgh Steelers had a busy and productive Monday with free agency fast approaching. First, they placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, meaning he’s not going anywhere this season. Steelers and Antonio Brown have reached agreement on deal to make him highest paid WR in NFL, per sources.
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.
Two late night tennis players got the surprise of a lifetime on Sunday when a passerby watched their game and claimed “I got next.” That person happened to be Serena Williams. Williams was out with her dog taking a stroll when she noticed the game and hatched a plan to surprise the pair. Williams was not in the right gear to play tennis.
It was only a question of when, not if, but it has happened. Jose Calderon, Andrew Bogut, and Brandon Jennings have been waived and are about to hit the free agent market, according to reports. They have to clear waivers (Wednesday) before they can sign with a new team. However, all three seem to be headed to teams with dreams of going deep into the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors want a little depth at the point for the postseason, and they are going with the steady but aged veteran Calderon. He will have limited run behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, but he will have a role in the playoffs and as a steadying force. The Washington Wizards are going another, more talented but more
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.
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
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 an interview with CNN's Amanda Davies, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt discusses losing one of his Olympic gold medals after his teammate tested positive for a banned substance.
An alleged incident took place at the Westin Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday night between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale. The encounter happened right across the street from the Legacy Arena, where earlier in the night Wilder had come from behind to knock out Gerald Washington and Breazeale knocked out Izu Ugonoh. During the Wilder-Washington fight, Breazeale and Wilder’s younger brother, Marsellos, reportedly got into an altercation at ringside.
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.
Kyle Busch’s day at the Daytona 500 went from sublime to ruined in a matter of minutes. Forty-six laps after winning NASCAR’s first-ever race stage, Busch wrecked out of the race, victim of a blown tire. “Goodyear tires just suck,” Busch told a handful of reporters in the garage.
Maybe LeBron James was being “whiny,” but he’s also getting exactly what he wanted. Just a few weeks after James ranted about the defending NBA champions being “top-heavy as s—” and having a “lack of bodies” — triggering criticism from Charles Barkley and igniting a war of words between the stars — the Cavaliers are on the verge of adding inside and outside depth with the expected signings of veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut. The deals could be finalized as soon as Monday. Williams, 32, negotiated his release from the Mavericks last week and cleared waivers, allowing him to sign with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum. The three-time All-Star has averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists
Until Monday afternoon, there was still a theoretical chance that individuals wanting a major shakeup on the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff would get their wish. However, that is no longer the case; today, Mike McCarthy announced his coaching staff for the 2017 season, and that announcement includes just three changes from the 2016 group. Only one new faces is actually coming to Green Bay, however. That is Tim McGarigle, who comes to Green Bay from the Illinois Fighting Illini, where he coached the linebackers in 2016. McGarigle played college football at Northwestern before being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2006. He played just 12 games in the NFL, all with the Rams in 2007, and made
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
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
The Philadelphia Eagles may target veterans cut by their former teams for help at the running back position this offseason. Howie Roseman could go after players such as Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy for potential production out of the backfield if they’re released by their respective teams. Charles’ release has been the subject of recent speculation. Signing veteran back C.J. Spiller may be an indication of Charles’ future. If Charles does come back to the Chiefs, he will likely return on a restructured deal. Kansas City is strapped for cap space and Charles is set to have a cap hit of nearly $6.2 million with no dead cap hit. The Chiefs can’t justify paying the veteran that much money — considering
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.
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
When you’re playing in front of over 60,000 people in a nationally televised game, it’s a little hard to miss a shady hit. So Brandon Manning – Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and president of the Connor McDavid Appreciation Society – was quickly called
We saw a couple big moves in the run-up to the trade deadline, and there were plenty of rumors, but when the dust settled it still looks like a Golden State/Cleveland Finals rematch, so long as everyone can just stay healthy. 1. Warriors (49-9, Last Week No. 1). Here’s the only question that matters with the Warriors: Are they better than last year’s team? It’s a question answered in the postseason, but they are not going to win as many games. However, as of right now they have a better net rating (beating opponents by 12.8 points per 100 possessions) than last season (11.8). I think this team can hit higher highs than last season, just ask the Clippers who watched the Warriors drop a 50-point
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.