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The NBA’s much-anticipated continuation of the NFL’s national anthem protests have so far been pretty tame. Philadelphia 76ers officials apparently wanted to avoid even the mild controversy drummed up by those incidents at their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Recording artist Sevyn Streeter was set to perform the national anthem, but she never made it out onto the court once the powers that be saw her “We Matter” t-shirt.
The departments of Defense and Homeland Security spent more than $3.6 million in expenses for a 2013 weekend golf trip that included President Obama pegging it with Tiger Woods and others at a Florida resort, according to The Washington Times.
The Cubs will have one less dangerous bat in their lineup when the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field on Friday for Game 3, because Kyle Schwarber was not medically cleared to play the field and thus, won’t be in the starting lineup. Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.
The Round of 8 begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Here are five drivers to watch. The six-time Cup champion enters new territory as he makes his first appearance in the Round of 8 under the current Chase format. But he’s always a threat at Martinsville, where he’s scored eight wins and finished in the top 10 almost 80 percent of the time (23 top 10s in 29 starts). A finish in that range would put him in good position for next weekend at Texas — where he’s won the last four Chase races. He’s posted the best average finish across this year’s short track events (7.0). That’s even with a 17th-place finish in April at Martinsville. Harvick led 72 laps in that race but fell back on a late
First, on the knee injury, Wilson told Seattle media he wasn’t supposed to play for four weeks. Wilson, with the help of a live-in therapist, never missed a game. Wilson has a pectoral injury he’s dealing with.
Manny Pacquiao’s senatorial duties have kept him from training full-time for his fight with Jessie Vargas. Manny Pacquiao may never have become a superstar boxer and cultural icon whose charity and good works changed the lives of countless of his countrymen if his nation’s current policy against drugs had been in place while he was a teenager experimenting with drugs. Pacquiao, who has tried to juggle his duties as a politician while training to fight Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, recently told reporters in the Philippines that in an earlier time in his life, he used drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.
Immediately after this happened, everyone wanted to know this dude’s identity (and, if you’re Jeff Van Gundy, why Westbrook wasn’t allowed to go into the stands and beat the hell out of him). As it turns out, Philly.com learned that this Sixers fan is named Richard Harkaway, and when he’s not trying to get a rise out of All-NBA guards, he’s a urologist in Philadelphia. In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed.
Cam Talbot had another strong game for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night by stopping 34 of the 35 Washington Capitals shots he faced in a 4-1 win, improving his season save percentage to a robust .927. Along with backstopping the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games to open the season, the team’s best start since a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky played for them, he was also involved in some rough stuff in the second period when he went old school on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie for charging into his crease and cross-checking him. Talbot’s response (as seen in the video above) was an attempt to feed Oshie his blocker pad. The end result of that exchange was Oshie getting a two-minute
According to multiple reports, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is expected to opt out of his three-year contract and become a free agent...Cespedes (52) tosses his bat after a home run at Citi Field. (Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports). Most Recent Updates & Reaction Cespedes will opt out, though he and the Mets continue to have an open dialogue about a new contract, MLB reporter Jon Heyman wrote Oct. 26. Nevertheless, just as they did a year ago, the Mets seem pretty convinced Cespedes will not be back, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin tweeted later in the night. Cespedes, who has two years and $47.5 million left on his current deal, is seeking a new, five-year contract, according to Rubin. Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat
Tampa Bay Lightning scoring winger Nikita Kucherov took a spill on the ice in the first period of his game against the Montreal Canadiens and did not return to action to start the second period or the third period. Kucherov turned to his right in order to make a play up ice and then lost an edge in front of his team’s bench. “Hopefully it won’t be too long but he definitely couldn’t finish the game,” coach Jon Cooper told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
A proposed fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping at UFC 206 was quickly shot down by GSP. For a moment, there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing battle between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC. After St-Pierre declared himself as a free agent, the UFC drew their line in the sand and stated that the former champion was still under contract.
One of the more common responses to what I’ve posted about Chief Wahoo lately is “it’s just a cartoon character! Nobody cares!” Well, looking at that guy in the photo above and many others dressed like him at Progressive Field the past two days is evidence that it is not just a cartoon character. A certain swath of Indians fans think that, because of their team’s name and mascot, it’s totally acceptable to show up in public looking like this. Wahoo as an official trademark of a Major League Baseball club gives people license to dress up in redface — or in this case, red and blackface — with headdresses on, turning a real people and a real culture into a degrading caricature. It’s not just a cartoon
Cristiano Rolando has faced the best defenders in the world during his time with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team. He has also caused fits for most of those defenders with goal after goal for club and country. But, there have been some players who have at least made it difficult for the all-time leading goal scorer in Real Madrid and Champions League history. According to Ronaldo, former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole was the toughest player he has faced in his career. “Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe,” Ronaldo told Coach Mag. “He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick,
Denver Broncos fans had DeMarcus Ware’s back. When news broke that Ware’s Super Bowl 50 ring was stolen as the Broncos played on “Monday Night Football” against the Houston Texans, Broncos fans went to work, spreading around pictures of the thieves on social media and calling in tips to police. By Wednesday, Ware’s ring was back.
He was a physical freak, a once-in-a-generation defensive end coming out of college who went No. 1 overall in one of the deepest NFL drafts in recent memory. And while Jadeveon Clowney has yet to live up to that billing, the Houston Texans pass rusher quietly has put together a very good year leading into Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions (1 p.m., Fox). "He’s a powerful guy," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s exactly, I think, what everybody expected him to be (coming out of the draft). He’s tough, hard-nosed. He makes things happen. He’s disruptive. He can close and run and he can rush the passer and he can defend the run. He can set the edge. So he’s a pretty complete player." Clowney
The Thursday night matchup between the Titans and Jaguars doesn't necessarily scream fantasy football success, but Rotoworld's Josh Norris advises to start the Titans defense against Blake Bortles and the Jaguars.
Through three quarters, the 2016-17 NBA season opener between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards was a nip-and-tuck battle, a knock-down drag-out affair featuring 14 ties, 17 lead changes and plenty of dueling runs that left just one point separating the two clubs entering the fourth and final frame. Over a seven-minute span, though, the Hawks hit the gas and left the Wizards in the dust, offering hope for continued success despite major changes in the starting lineup. After a jumper by new Wizards big man Jason Smith gave Washington an 82-81 lead with 11:18 to go in regulation, the Hawks utterly dismantled Washington, ripping off a 24-4 run that turned a hard-fought contest into a laugher.
The New York Rangers took a gamble today, placing defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the AHL. While it wouldn’t be a surprise if McIlrath gets claimed, for GM Jeff Gorton and head coach Alain Vigneault, it was a decision that couldn’t be put off any longer. “Gorts and I and our staff had a long talk last night after the game, and we just felt that at this time, Dylan needed to play,” Vigneault said this morning. “We all appreciate him as a person, he’s done everything that has been expected of him, and more. But on our team right now, he’s our eighth defenseman, and keeping him here and not having him play and the money going against the cap…” Vigneault added
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • What are some of the biggest obstacles that could prevent NHL players from participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? • Bruins forward David Pastrnak will have a hearing Friday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Drag racing has been one of the biggest motorsport passions of my life. Ever since the first time I went to the now-defunct U.S. 30 Dragstrip in northwest Indiana – with the famous loud and echoing radio liner, “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, at beautiful U.S. 30 Dragstrip, where the GREAT ONES Runnnnnnn!” – in the early 1970s, I’ve been a big fan of the quarter-mile. (By the way, for those in the Midwest who remember U.S. 30, which closed nearly 30 years ago, efforts are under way to bring it back. But I digress.) As a reporter, I’ve covered drag racing since the early 1980s. I still get as excited today following the sport as I did back then. But … and you probably figured a but was coming. While
My inbox and Twitter feed are cluttered with questions about Yoenis Cespedes, what the Mets are doing, what they plan to do, and what I want them to do. Here are my answers to the five most common questions... 1) What does Cespedes want, and how much would the Mets be willing to offer? I've heard the Mets are interested in keeping him for four years, preferably around $25 million a season. Multiple reports indicate he wants at least five years, maybe as many as six, while averaging around $30 million a season. Obviously, this is why he and the Mets couldn't agree on a contract extension and why he's opting out. So, good for him. Look, if he can find a delirious team to give him a six-year deal,
Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was banged up in his team’s overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night and it is bad enough to keep him out of the lineup entirely on Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators. The Ducks announced the news just before puck drop on Wednesday. Getzlaf played only 10 minutes on Tuesday night before exiting the game. The Ducks are also playing without goaltender Jonathan Bernier who was also injured on Tuesday, resulting in the team calling up Dustin Tokarski for Wednesday’s game. Tokarski will serve as the backup for John Gibson. Getzlaf is definitely the bigger loss here for the Ducks on Wednesday, not only because Gibson was likely to start
The 2018 field of the Maui Invitational was announced Wednesday, and it features some of the top programs in the sport. Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Illinois, Auburn, Xavier and San Diego State will make up the eight-team field for the tournament that will be played Nov. 19-21, 2018, at the Lahaina Civic Center. “Our fields always showcase the best in college basketball,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said in a release, “and 2018 will be as strong as we’ve ever had.” The 2018 edition of the tournament will also be the first that has eight Division I teams as host Chaminade will compete in the open round during even years going forward and in odd years beginning in 2019 in the championship
The rebirth of the Big 12’s championship game will feature a matchup of the top two teams in the conference. The Big 12 said Friday it wouldn’t move to a division format in 2017 when the championship game comes back. The conference had left open the possibility of creating two five-team divisions and matching up the division winners in the championship game, similar to the North vs. South championship game that happened in the league from 1996-2010.