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The new-look Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe Bryant retired and coach Luke Walton at the helm, opened their NBA season with a 120-114 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. D'Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Julius Randle added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who overcame James Harden's 34 points and career-high 17 assists for Houston -- who lost in former Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's first game in charge of the Rockets.
And Chicago Cubs fans are kind of licking their wounds this morning after last night's big defeat to the Indians but still. Just getting to the World Series has been a lifetime wait for many cubs fans. But for true of those fans it's only been four months Jacqueline Driscoll of our station in Springfield Illinois has a story. It's the curse of the Billy goat that many cubs fans blame for their set any one year long drought but maybe they just needed a good luck charm. Or to. As a superstitious cubs fan. Moon I'll put some correlation there. Clark and Addison McFarland recognize the names any good cubs fan will it at C intersection where Wrigley Field stands he. Scott Clark Addison's dad says
It hurts when our heroes let us down. It just makes you feel empty inside. The video you are about to see of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might do that to you. Inside the NFL on Showtime had New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wired up during the Steelers and Patriots and before the game the cameras caught this. Cue the Nancy Kerrigan voice. Whyyy? Of all the players Roethlisberger could want a jersey from, why does it have to be Brady? Was Vontaze Burfict not available? This whole new tradition of midfield post-game jersey swap is fine on some level, but Big Ben crossed a line. The only way Roethlisberger can make this up to his fans is to come back healthy and lead
Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team released Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.
There’s a lot of pressure on the Cleveland Indians as the team sits just four wins away from breaking a lengthy World Series drought. If anyone can understand what the club is going through right now, it would have to be Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. James and the Cavs were in a similar spot just months ago, and managed to bring the first sports championship to Cleveland in years.
You should make a note that Sonya Toms, wife of golfer David Toms, will celebrate her birthday on Jan. 4. "The nice thing is, I don’t forget her birthday," David said Wednesday on the eve of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. Since he won 13 tournaments, including the 2001 PGA Championship, they were frequent Kapalua visitors.
Kyle Busch will only be able to make 10 Xfinity Series starts in 2017. A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official. NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017.
Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs checks the clock during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre on October 25, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Frederik Andersen’s struggles with the Toronto Maple leafs worsened in the team’s 7-3 Tuesday loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Andersen stopped just 17 of 24 Lightning shots goal to drop his save percentage to .851 on the season and boost his goal-against average to 4.29.
Tony Ferguson continues to rack up wins in the UFC, and he keeps getting passed over for title shots. Tony Ferguson may be the most underrated, underappreciated fighter in the UFC. Six of his last eight wins have come by finish, and he’s bested a series of elite opponents, including Edson Barboza and Josh Thomson.
The start of the NBA season brings lots of excitement for fans. Many of the best athletes in the world are back on our TV screens on a nightly basis, and storylines such as Kevin Durant’s first games with the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first attempts to defend their historic title loom large. Also, sometimes an angry Philadelphia 76ers fan in an Allen Iverson jersey flips off Russell Westbrook and elicits one of the funniest reactions you’ll ever see.
Juan Mata scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 54th minute. For an October game in the lamentably irrelevant League Cup, now for some reason renamed as the English Football League Cup, this one actually mattered. Because it was a Manchester derby, of course.
Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.
Running back is the position to watch so far in 2016. A lot of backs were explosive early, but Week 7 brought a cooling period with few rushers going off and a number of top names going down with injuries. As the rusher landscape gets more interesting week-to-week, owners should look to make deals to keep their rosters intact. Here are the players worth trading for and shopping in Week 8. Buy Low Chris Thompson, Washington Thompson is leading Washington’s rushing effort in its run-by-committee system. The four-year RB was the leading rusher in Week 7 and also led the team in total yards with 73 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards. Thompson is a dual-threat back averaging 5.1 yards per carry
Clinton has worn the hats of both the Cubs and Yankees. The 2016 World Series begins Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton will rooting for the Chicago Cubs to break the Curse of the Billy Goat and end its 108-year title drought. On Saturday, Nick Merrill, Clinton’s traveling secretary, posted a photo of the former secretary aboard her campaign plane as she watched the Cubs clinch their World Series berth on a staffer’s smartphone.
(c) 2016 Time Inc. Star-Studded Field for First WGC Event of the Season Russell Knox looks to defend his 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions title against a star-studded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.Russell Knox
In the last seven days, I've talked to a handful of Mets insiders, none of whom believe Tim Tebow will be with the team next spring in Port St. Lucie. I've heard several different reasons behind their thinking. But, in the end, everyone agreed that -- if he's still with the organization -- he's more likely to show up in St. Lucie when minor-league camp starts, as opposed to when big leaguers arrive in February. This is good news ... if you ask me. It's nothing against Tebow, who has every right to pursue a career in baseball. It's just, the Mets have real goals, and real business at hand, as they try to right their ship and get back to the World Series. I expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has had a busy night on Wednesday. After opening the scoring just 10 seconds into their game against the New York Rangers, he might have brought some unwanted attention upon himself when he was given a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in the second period. It all happened as Girardi was attempting to knock a puck down out of mid-air when Pastrnak came in with a crushing high hit. Girardi was shaken up as a result of the hit and briefly exited the game before later returning after missing a couple of shifts. The Bruins ended up successfully killing the two minute penalty to Pastrnak, but quickly gave
On Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, the football world saw that the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line is a bit of a sore spot. Now, on this Wednesday afternoon, there’s a rumor going around that Rick Spielman and company might be doing something about it. The source? Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll. You look confused. Let me explain. At Carroll’s press conference today, he was apparently asked about the Seahawks making a potential trade. Here’s what Carroll said that has social media buzzing at the moment. Cohen did clarify afterwards that the question was related to trades, so it doesn’t appear that he’s talking about the move the Vikings made to sign offensive tackle Jake Long
LeBron James might be the greatest athlete in NBA history. But even he has shown signs of decline at age 31. He has gotten multiple back injections and even took a break during the season to rehabilitate in Miami. The forward has treated the last two regular-seasons as glorified warmups for the playoffs. Just where does LeBron stand physically? Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gave quite the answer. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: Lue said James, at 31, “had a chance to get tested this summer and they said he had a body of a 19-year old. Maybe he’s getting younger. Benjamin Button.” It was a little perplexing because neither James, nor his personal trainer, Mike Mancias, nor general manager David Griffin
Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Manchester derby in the fourth round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup, the draw for the quarterfinal round presented a pair of all-Premier League clashes. Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28. As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium. Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw Liverpool vs. Leeds United Manchester United vs. West Ham Hull City vs. Newcastle
Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier exited his team’s Tuesday game against the San Jose Sharks with an upper body injury. It’s unclear when exactly Bernier was hurt. It was just the second game for Bernier with his new team this season.
Claressa Shields celebrates after winning her second Olympic gold medal. There will be no third gold medal for Claressa Shields. The only American to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004 is turning professional and will make her pro debut on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Ward-Sergey Kovalev pay-per-view show.
Everywhere the Cleveland Indians go, so go team mascot Chief Wahoo and the logo that critics slam as derogatory. The Indians are in the 2016 World Series and, as expected, some Native American groups immediately planned protests against the team's use of the Chief Wahoo logo. The Cleveland American Indian Movement, for instance, has posted a call to rally against the mascot on its website. "The World Series begins in Cleveland this Tuesday, October 25,” it reads. “Join Cleveland American Indian Movement and the Native community as we gather at the stadium in protest of Cleveland Baseball's use of the ‘Indians’ team name and the despicable ‘Wahoo’ logo. Newspapers and broadcasters from around
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he was disappointed that athletic director Jack Swarbrick had to give him a vote of confidence last Friday. Notre Dame started the season ranked in the top 10, but are now 2-5 coming off a bye week and the groans about the coaching situation have been persistent. “Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” Swarbrick said.