Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday due to injury.
On March 1, UFC president Dana White announced that former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would be returning to the Octagon for the first time since November 2013 to take on middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping later this year. The announcement was not received well by the middleweight contenders. Top contender Yoel Romero was promised the next title shot and has called for an interim title bout while he waits for Bisping to fight St-Pierre.
NFL star J.J. Watt had been quietly dating professional soccer player Kealia Ohai for about a year before going public with their love in January. The pair, who met through Watt’s Houston Texans teammate Brian Cushing (Cushing is married to Ohai’s older sister Megan), are “very happily dating” while balancing busy training and traveling schedules, a source tells PEOPLE. “We’re both very proud of each other and what we both do,” Watt, 28, told PEOPLE at a pre-Super Bowl event in February.
New England fans got their hopes up when the Patriots worked out defensive lineman Jared Odrick shortly before the NFL league year began earlier this month. The Patriots had their sights set on another guy: Lawrence Guy. Yeah, jokes about Guy’s last name still aren’t old. It’s yet to be determined if Guy is the guy or a JAG (just a guy). See? The Patriots liked Guy, who previously played for the Baltimore Ravens, enough to sign him to a four-year contract. So what does he add to New England’s defense? DEFENSIVE LINEMAN LAWRENCE GUY 6-foot-4, 305 pounds 27 years old 4.98-second 40-yard dash, 1.81-second 10-yard split, 29-inch vertical leap, 8-feet, 8-inch broad jump, 4.43-second short shuttle,
Lonzo Ball must have gotten his basketball genes from his mother. Famous dad LaVar Ball has been telling anyone who’ll listen that he would beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1. Men lie, women lie, ball don’t — well, now that we have video of LaVar playing, we can safely say that this Ball did lie.
You could employ a very good ballplayer for $22.2 million this season. Those are all-star dollars. But for that amount, the Boston Red Sox are paying old friend Allen Craig (making $11 million this season) and failed Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo (making $11.2 million) to return to the minor leagues. Craig is playing out the final year of that $31 million contract the Cardinals dumped on the Red Sox in the John Lackey deal. Castillo has another four years left on his $72.5 million contract. Neither player is on Boston's 40-man roster right now. If either player is promoted at some point, his salary would count toward the franchise's competitive balance tax. Should the Red Sox eat some salary
• Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University • Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 ESPN rounds up the best radio soundbites from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. "So is it box this lap or not? [Delay] Oh... I'm coming in anyway." What better way to kick off a new season of Radio Ga Ga than with some classic Kimi Raikkonen? Here the Finn takes matters into his own hands after growing tired of waiting for a response from the Ferrari pit wall during practice. "Fernando, we are through to Q2." "Now we just need some rain..." Ever the optimist, Fernando Alonso looks to the dark skies for inspiration after making it through
Mike Felger and Kevin Paul Dupont debate if it is time for the Bruins to send a message to Tuukka Rask and have Anton Khudobin get the starts in net.
The candidates are no secret in Texas A&M's fifth quarterback competition in six years. Senior Jake Hubenak, redshirt freshman Nick Starkel and true freshman Kellen Mond appear to be the primary options for the Aggies in 2017. And it's never too early to discuss which one will start. This is perhaps Kevin Sumlin's biggest decision since coming to Aggieland. He's never faced more pressure after three consecutive 8-5 seasons, which all resulted in collapsing in embarrassing fashion. Sumlin's nod to Kenny Hill turned out to be the wrong choice. His mishandling of Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray the following year resulted in a disaster. Trevor Knight provided excellent service for the Aggies in 2016,
SAN JOSE — So the question to Alain Vigneault off Saturday’s 3-0 victory in Los Angeles when the reunited Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller unit generated a consistent ground game below the hash marks with a quick, effective forecheck that created several glorious opportunities was whether he believes Miller and Hayes are better when together. And the response provided by the coach was as indirectly direct an explanation as to why from time to time he feels the need to break up the young Americans, even when it doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to much of the outside world. “It depends on what your definition of playing better is,” Vigneault said before Sunday’s match in Anaheim,
I wished I got punched in the back of the head. OK, maybe not exactly, but it was more about where and when the punch occurred. My roommate was among the epic crowd of people outside Wrigley Field after the Cubs put the finishing touches on their World Series championship, and he took a punch or an elbow to the back of the head as people were getting trampled. The most apt comparison I heard likened the mob to Jon Snow nearly suffocating in the "Battle of Bastards" on "Game of Thrones". Soaked in champagne, I was 350 miles away in Cleveland, living out my lifelong career goal of covering the Cubs team that finally put the 108-year championship drought to an end. It might seem crazy, but there
Rampage Jackson would be the first to tell you that there’s more to being a professional fighter than pulling on a pair of shorts, stepping into a cage and knocking someone senseless. Jackson, the mercurial former UFC light heavyweight champion, likes that part of his job. The end of his career is near, and while he’s one of the elite fighters of MMA’s first quarter century, when he retires he’ll best be remembered not for the knockout of the legendary Chuck Liddell but as potential unfulfilled.
As Kirk Cousins is currently set to play under the franchise tag this year, are the Redskins willing to try and get something for him or let him walk away?
Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Spartan Stadium north end zone media center, the university announced Monday. Dantonio has yet to take questions about his program, which concludes spring practice on Saturday, since three unnamed players and a staff member were suspended as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. The players were suspended from football-related activities and removed from university housing for an alleged incident that took place at the on-campus University Village apartments in the early morning hours of Jan. 16. SU has not said when the football players were suspended. One staff member
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley one game for punching Nashville Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok in the face. Jarnkrok had hit Haley hard into the boards as the San Jose player was trying to move the puck up ice. After the hit, a clearly angered Haley dropped his gloves and went after Jarnkrok, punching the unsuspecting young forward in the face.
The most important line in NASCAR lately doesn’t involve when the checkered flag waves and definitively determines the winner of a race. No, this line is much hazier: The apparently nebulous border between being regarded a well-heeled, responsible citizen of NASCAR Nation who still gets a point across and (gasp!) an irresponsible scofflaw who indiscriminately commits revenge in the least noble of ways. In the wake of Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon escaping punishment for attempting to handle their own administering of justice, it seems everyone is searching for a line on where the line is in NASCAR … Or if it exists at all. These are desperate times, kids! (Especially with the Cup Series headed to Martinsville
Christian Haupt believes he was Lou Gehrig in a past life. Ever want to know what it was like to watch legendary New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig play in person? Up until now, you needed to find someone who saw Gehrig in person, and hope they could accurately describe those things.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has a desperate need for a defensive tackle, especially now that reserve Elijah Taylor has undergone surgery for a foot injury. Their prospects got a bit brighter Monday when Clemson Tigers transfer Scott Pagano reportedly told the Arkansas Razorbacks and Oklahoma Sooners that he would no longer be taking an official visit to their school. Pagano moved up his Notre Dame visit three weeks — and the university remains the only one he’s visited officially since announcing his transfer. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Pagano hoped to spend his graduate year closer to his native Hawaii, which means the Oregon Ducks are still very much in play. He takes an
Dustin Johnson won his third consecutive start at the WGC-Dell Match Play with a 1-up victory over Spanish rookie Jon Rahm on Sunday.Earlier in the day DJ was pushed to the 18th hole for the first time during the tournament by Hideto Tanihara, whom he
Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson has testified in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots tight end played football with Thompson at the University of Florida. Thompson testified Monday about a Florida party he invited Hernandez to in February 2013. Hernandez smiled when Thompson referred to him as “my guy.” Thompson's team, then the Baltimore Ravens, had just won the Super Bowl. Thompson said he remembers Hernandez introducing Alexander Bradley as “my homie” and said they appeared to be good friends. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot Bradley days later because he feared Bradley would tell authorities he saw Hernandez kill two men in Boston
For every March Madness winner who is elated to win and move on, there’s another side that struggles to come to grips with defeat and a season suddenly cut short. After Sunday’s wild and wonderful finish to the North Carolina-Kentucky matchup, De’Aaron Fox showed how the other half lives with a raw and emotional reaction to Kentucky’s 75-73 loss in the Elite Eight. Still clearly devastated by coming up just short of the Final Four, the freshman star sobbed and clutched teammate Bam Adebayo while being interviewed. “This isn’t a locker room that looks like guys don’t care,” said Fox, who is 19 years old and likely headed for the NBA.
The Cleveland Indians almost won the World Series without their best hitter for the whole season and two of their starting pitchers for the playoffs. This year that hitter — Michael Brantley — is back and the starters — Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar — are healthy. Baseball teams love to downplay their expectations, but given where the Indians are at the moment, anything less than another American League Pennant will have to feel like a disappointment, right? Fortunately for the Indians, they stand as the favorites to do just that.
Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack exited the ice on a stretcher after being injured on the game’s final play Monday. Lack was hurt when Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou collided with him in the process of scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
Kenta Maeda has a lot of upside in his second season with the Dodgers. Spring training is well underway and, for many, a fantasy baseball draft lurks just around the corner. Q. Which infielder are you most heavily invested in for the upcoming fantasy baseball campaign?
Kyle Larson was second to nobody in his home state. Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his second career victory to his overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series points lead. ''Lots of fun to be Kyle Larson right now,'' Larson said with a grin.
Jose Berrios will be a fixture in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation at some point in 2017. It’ll just happen a little later than expected due in large part to Berrios’ decision to represent Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. On Saturday, the Twins announced Berrios would be optioned to Triple-A.