Alex Rodriguez cannot stop his face from making that look when Pete Rose starts complimenting Derek Jeter. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach. Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments.
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 Rangers defeated the Islanders 5-3. It was hard not to notice Henrik Lundqvist having another rough outing on Wednesday night. Certainly, expecting Lundqvist to stay below .900 on his save percentage is a fool’s errand, but on some level, you don’t like to see a team expected to have a decent amount of problems squandering what has been a solid start to the season, possession-wise.
The Kings were 18-34 when they hired George Karl in February 2015. They hadn’t made the playoffs in eight years. Sacramento fired coach Michael Malone earlier in the season, because – after a better start than anyone could’ve reasonably expected – the team slumped while its best player was out sick. The Kings gave the job to Tyrone Corbin and promised him the rest of the season, though they obviously reneged by hiring Karl. Owner Vivek Ranadivé declared he wanted a jazz director. The front office was chaotic, and general manager Pete D’Alessandro and special advisor Chris Mullin would soon depart. DeMarcus Cousins stewed. Rudy Gay had been in Sacramento barely a year, but he had the franchised
This past season, Noah Syndergaard made it clear on Twitter that he is not a fan of doing the wave during sporting events, often ending his rant with #BanTheWave. Syndergaard first started his stance during a video earlier this season with SNY.TV, during which he shared a variety of helpful tips for Mets fans attending games at Citi Field... However, in a feature Oct. 20 for ESPN.com, Tom Junod says he hated doing the wave until he tried it. "I decided right there that I had to give the wave one more try, with Syndergaard on the hill," he writes. "As we had conspired to start the wave, Syndergaard had given up a leadoff double. Then, as our wave lived and died, he struck out the side. Order had
Matt Tifft‘s first sports love is auto racing. But the Ohio native is a loyal fan of Cleveland’s sports teams. Tifft, 20, was raised in Hinckley, a suburb of the city that is home to the NFL’s Browns, the NBA’s Cavaliers and MLB’s Indians. “Our weekends growing up, for me, you watch the race and you watch the Browns,” Tifft told NBC Sports back in September. “That’s just what you did.” But born in 1996, Tifft had never experienced a title by any of those teams before this year. The city itself hadn’t won one in 52 years. “The sports teams there mean a ton more than they would anywhere else,” Tifft said. “Just cause it’s a very sports depressed town. The things that have happened there over time,
After two periods on Thursday night it looked as if the San Jose Sharks were going to cruise to a win against a banged up Pittsburgh Penguins team in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final. At that point the Penguins were down on the scoreboard, their defensemen were dropping like drummers from Spinal Tap, and the Sharks were in complete control of the game by pretty much every objective measure. In the end, “unexpected” would probably be a good way to describe the Penguins’ come-from-behind 3-2 win given the circumstances. It was made possible thanks to a massive third period rally that saw them score three goals in seven minutes while playing nearly half of the game with only four defensemen against one of the best teams in the league.
Week 9 of the 2016-17 Premier League season is here. It all kicks off with Bournemouth hosting Tottenham Hotspur (7:30 a.m. ET live NBCSN andonline via NBC Sports.com) at the Vitality Stadium with two teams full of young English players to go head-to-head. Then Arsenal welcome Middlesbrough (10 a.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) to the Emirates with Arsene Wenger‘s side searching for a seventh-straight win in the PL, while Boro have won just one of their opening eight games. Rounding things off on Saturday, Liverpool and West Brom clash at Anfield (12:30 p.m. ET live NBC and online via NBC Sports.com) in a battle between two different styles. Can Tony Pulis‘ pragmatic approach
LOS ANGELES—As Game 5 of the National League Championship Series finally approached its last out Thursday night after 256 minutes of baseball—one ball in play every 4 1/2 minutes—you could look upon the four players on the infield at Dodger Stadium and see beyond the San Gabriel Mountains and all the way to a new tradition in Chicago. All of them are under the contractual control of Chicago through at least 2021. On cue, Los Angeles' Justin Turner hit a ground ball to Russell, who floated to it like a water strider and threw a dart across to the diamond to Rizzo to finish an 8–4 Cubs win that put them one win away from their first World Series since 1945.
When you’re Bill Murray, movie star and international man of unpredictability, sometimes you just find yourself in the White House on a random Friday. Such was the case when Murray crashed the regular White House press briefing and got in front of the mic. Wearing a Cubs pullover with a Cubs cap in his hand, Murray rattled off all the reasons he thinks the Cubs have the best shot to win their National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Really?), the New York Giants, at some point, had to do something about kicker Josh Brown. The team left Brown home on Thursday as it traveled to London for Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Rams, and on Friday morning, McAdoo professed that the Giants weren’t going to turn their backs on Brown. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Brown has attempted his last kick for New York, further saying that league sources indicated to him that Brown may never kick for any NFL team after documents were released on Wednesday by the King County (Wash.) Sheriffs Department showed handwritten journal entries credited to Brown in which he admits to physically and mentally abusing his then-wife, Molly, and that he used money to manipulate her.
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik decided to make an aggressive play on Thursday night with his team up by a goal in the third period. As Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers cranked up for a shot on the Capitals’ goal, Winnik dropped down to
The Spurs reportedly could trade LaMarcus Aldridge amidst his unhappiness with taking a backseat to Kawhi Leonard. They deny holding trade talks about Aldridge, but even if they haven’t, that means little. If the bigger concerns about Aldridge’s fit and happiness in San Antonio are rooted in reality, a deal could come together in due time. I doubt the Spurs are rushing to trade him at the first sign of trouble. For his part, Aldridge denies trouble, initial or otherwise. Aldridge on The Jim Rome Show, as transcribed by Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio: “I didn’t buy into it. I haven’t heard anything about it. I talked to Pop (head coach Gregg Popovich) daily and he’s always telling me that I’m
Cleveland Indians fans flood pitcher Ryan Merritt's wedding registry. Puerto sort of mixed with the Cleveland Indians are picture from Wednesday night's decisive game Ryan merit during the game which was pitching very well. Cleveland fans discovered
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.
Something very strange has been happening in Detroit in the early parts of the 2016-17 season. The Red Wings … are fighting. A lot. This is a strange development because not only fighting has been rapidly decreasing across the league for several years now, but also because the Red Wings have been last in the league in fighting majors in 10 out of the past 11 seasons. The one year over that stretch they were not last (2012-13) they were 29th. Nobody fights less than these guys. In most of those years they never even reached double digits in fighting majors, and have only had eight in each of the past two seasons. But through the first five games this season they already have five of them, and
The managers are meeting the media ahead of this week’s Premier League matches, and many eyes are trained on one specific match-up. Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Sunday, the first time Jose Mourinho will manage against his old side since his unceremonious exit last winger. Mourinho, of course, led Chelsea to the 2014-15 title only to see a miserable start to the following campaign. He was hired at Manchester United this summer, but Conte thinks Mourinho’s Chelsea laurels have earned him some love from Stamford Bridge. “I have great respect for Mourinho. He deserves a good reception. He was an important man for Chelsea and wrote part of the club’s story.” Conte also touched on Paul Pogba‘s
Clarke MacArthur says he still has “logs burning on the fire,” and that he’s not ready to walk away from hockey after suffering yet another concussion that’s sidelined him. One month after taking a hit in an intrasquad game from Patrick Sieloff, MacArthur spoke to reporters Friday and said while he’s feeling better, he still is experiencing concussion symptoms.
Prior to Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, some were calling for Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell to be benched. Up until that point, Russell had gone hitless in the series, and many wondered whether manager Joe Maddon would be better off leaving him off the lineup card for Game 4. Russell broke out with a three-hit performance in Game 4 that included a big two-run homer.
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo continued to voice support for Josh Brown in the face of newly released police documents in which the kicker admitted to abusive behavior toward his ex-wife. Brown was left off the team’s flight to London following the release of the documents Wednesday, but McAdoo stuck by his player in a Friday news conference as the team preps to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium. “It was a tough conversation with Josh,” McAdoo said.
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.
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
Lewis Hamilton made an impressive start to the United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas by topping the first Formula 1 practice session on Friday morning at the Circuit of The Americas. Hamilton arrived in Austin trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 33 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, having not won a race since the end of July. The Briton is a three-time victor at COTA, as well as claiming the last F1 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in 2007, making the United States a happy hunting ground for the defending champion. Hamilton and Rosberg came out of the blocks early in FP1, immediately pulling clear of the field with laps on the super-soft tire. Hamilton
On Saturday night, Sens coach Guy Boucher will get his first crack at the Tampa Bay Lightning since they fired him during the 2012-13 season. After being relieved of his duties, he had a hard time finding a head coaching gig in the NHL and was forced to move to Switzerland to stay behind the bench. Despite the end result, Boucher says there’s no hard feelings between he and his old club. “Maybe it’s the distance of the years, I’m very calm and almost cold about it,” Boucher said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t know how to explain it. It’s been too long. I guess if it was last year, or two months ago, and it was all the people I worked with, all the players I had, but I only coached two players.