Matt Kenseth comments on his race and how he rebounded from his speeding penalty.
The New England Patriots' record didn't get any squeakier Sunday morning, when the visiting Steelers were awoken by a fire alarm at their team hotel, hours before their AFC Championship tilt against the Patriots. Police have apprehended the man responsible for the disturbance, but that didn't stop some from naturally assuming this was the Evil Empire's doing. Such as Broncos stars Chris Harris Jr., and C.J. Anderson, who seem to recall a similar experience in New England. Apparently, this is a widespread issue, because ESPN.com reporter Rich Cimini said the Jets, too, had the fire alarm go off on them in 2009. Between SpyGate, DeflateGate and now, perhaps, AlarmGate, the Patriots remain the most
Pop open the nearest window, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the stench of an NFL billionaire owner before he flees town, or fleeces the town. Speaking of which, how is it possible that, in a sprawling nation that spans nearly 3.8 million square miles, two of these billionaire crumb bums — Stan Kroenke and Dean Spanos — can wind up in the same city on the same block? Los Angeles is not La La Land, it’s a Botoxed Billionaire Boys Club. Kroenke didn’t get the new stadium of his dreams in St. Louis — public funding was muddled — so he took his Rams to L.A. Spanos didn’t get the new stadium of his dreams in San Diego — public funding was denied — so he took his Chargers to L.A. Mark Davis also
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold’s meltdown on the ice was over and done with Saturday night when her coach, the venerable Frank Carroll, emerged through the curtains backstage at the U.S. national championships holding Gold’s black warm-up vest. He was on a mission. He was looking for a trash can. Moments later, he found one, and stuffed the vest into it. “That’s what I was told to do,” Carroll said curtly. “I asked her what she wanted me to do with it and she said, ‘Throw it away,’ so that’s what I did.” It has been a horrible season for the two-time national champion and 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist, with her dreadful sixth-place finish here serving as an appropriate
It may have helped that they had been at home for roughly three weeks. It surely was to their benefit that the NBA schedule provided three days without a game before they confronted perhaps one of the most rigorous weeks of the season. The Warriors, however, still had to do the work. They still had to finish. They still had to beat the team that had roughed them up 22 days earlier, and then squelch another squad coming into Oracle Arena on a wave of emotion and, finally, take to the road and get back at a team that handed them a loss in Oakland. Done, done and done. And in such a fashion that forward Draymond Green referred to it as “our best week of the season.” In putting away the Rockets 125-108
After Burnley's Ben Mee is penalized for a foul in the box, Alexis Sanchez steps up an scores from the penalty spot to put Arsenal back in front late in stoppage time.
Friday marked the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president (like it or not), and with it, we bid farewell to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama after eight years in the White House. Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas took the time to post a farewell to the First Lady on Instagram this weekend. The photo is from the Seahawks’ visit to the White House following their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. In the photo are fellow teammates Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson, as well as Mrs. Obama. Thomas will spend this offseason rehabbing from a broken leg he suffered during Week 13’s win over the Carolina Panthers. The All-Pro safety hadn’t missed a game in his seven-year career
A day after winning a downhill, Lindsey Vonn discovered how far she has to go to regain her dominance in super-G as she returns from two major injuries. For now, defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut remains the skier to beat in super-G. Swiss racer Gut extended her perfect run in super-G this season with a comfortable win Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, while Vonn struggled to a ninth-place finish. For her third straight super-G victory, Gut finished 0.67 seconds ahead of Stephanie Venier of Austria and 0.86 in front of Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Vonn, who won a downhill Saturday in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm, finished
Thirteen months after suffering the first defeat of her MMA career, Ronda Rousey returned to the Octagon against reigning bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. A fellow MMA star thinks that was a bad move. Anderson Silva, who was one of the biggest names in the promotion before Rousey started her UFC run, offered some advice to the former champion after her loss to Nunes on Dec. 30. "Regardless of what happened, regardless of what will happen in your life, you have to keep your head up because what you've done is in history,” Silva said during an interview to Brazilian TV show Combate News. "Regardless of wins and losses, you have to worry about what you think its important in your life.
He’s not Rob Gronkowski, but Chris Hogan has created quite a niche for himself in New England. He just scored to put the Patriots up 10-0 on the Steelers late in the first, dominating a drive. Hogan caught four passes for 57 yards, including the 16-yard touchdown which capped a quick, effective drive. He doesn’t fall into the diminutive Julian Edelman/Wes Welker profile the Patriots have had such success with over the years, and they’re using him on some of the same seam routes that have been so productive when their All-Pro tight end was healthy. Tom Brady’s already 10-of-12 for 128 yards so far, an efficient start as he’s been willing to go no-huddle to keep the Steelers off balance.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett said coaching changes were needed at Ohio State and getting new offensive coordinators played into his decision to return for his final year of eligibility. During the Ohio State basketball game on Sunday, Barrett accepted the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the Big Ten's best player. After passing-game struggles culminated in a 31-0 rout by Clemson in the College Football Playoff, coach Urban Meyer ushered out Ed Warinner and Tim Beck, replacing them with former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and NFL assistant Ryan Day.
WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather fails to materialise, a spokesman said Sunday. "If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? MMA is much different than boxing," a spokesman quoted Pacquiao as saying a few days ago.
Tank top laners do more damage than carries, so it’s only natural Heo “Huni” Seunghoon would play them in the new season. Similar jokes flooded social media when the notorious ex-EU LCS and NA LCS top laner selected a tanky top lane pick two games in a row during his debut for SK Telecom T1. The champion picks jarred a narrow view of Huni that has become ubiquitous.
You’re probably wondering; what happened to that blockbuster trade between the Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves that was close to being completed? Well, as things often do in the NBA trade universe, things change almost minute-to-minute. Don’t worry, we’ll catch you up on the latest. Chris Bosh There’s a name you haven’t heard of in a while. The Miami Heat star’s name is now in the rumor mill as this post on Twitter from a few days ago indicated: It appears the Chicago Bulls have a plan in place to make a run at Bosh for the remainder of the NBA regular season, reuniting Bosh with his friend and former-Heat teammate Dwyane Wade. ESPN’s Marc Stein discussed the particulars regarding
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer showed his 35-year-old legs may yet still carry him to a long-awaited 18th grand slam title as he overhauled fifth seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set slog to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Having issued a reminder of his class in the 90-minute rout of Tomas Berdych, Federer flaunted his endurance by prevailing 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3 after a three hour and 26 minute battle under the lights at Rod Laver Arena. After six months out of the game to recover from a knee injury, Federer's fairytale return will continue against giant-killing German Mischa Zverev, who sensationally ousted top seed Andy Murray on the same centre court only hours before.
With the Braves on the cusp of formalizing their one-year deal with Kurt Suzuki, the market for free agent catcher Matt Wieters is dwindling. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick references an inside source that lists the Angels, Rockies and Reds as potential suitors for the 30-year-old’s services. Wieters is coming off of an eight-year career with the Orioles. In 2016, he played through his first full year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014 and batted .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and a .711 OPS in 464 PA. A return to Baltimore in 2017 isn’t out of the question, Crasnick writes, citing some within the team that would be open to Wieters stepping into a DH role and catching platoon with Wellington
Growing up in a bedroom community across the East River from Manhattan, Crystal Dunn was often the only African American on her school and club soccer teams. Casey Short, who was raised two years and 800 miles away in suburban Chicago, had the same experience. So did Lynn Williams, who is from Fresno, where she both played soccer and watched it on television. “Growing you, you didn’t really see a lot of women of color on TV,” said Williams, who analyzed the evidence and concluded early she didn’t have a future in the sport. “As a little girl you look at the TV screen and you usually go towards things [where] you see people that look like you.” Little girls watching women’s soccer on TV today
On a date sometime after his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Rangers will retire Rodriguez’s famous No. 7 in a ceremony at Globe Life Park. The Rangers saved the announcement for the very end of their 2017 Awards Banquet on Friday night. Rodriguez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30, joining a class that includes Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and former baseball executive John Schuerholz.
It all started with a rumor; one that reached the Indianapolis Colts’ front office led by general manager Ryan Grigson: The New England Patriots might illegally tamper with the air pressure inside footballs. Just prior to his team’s 2014 AFC Championship showdown with the Patriots, Grigson forwarded this rumor to the NFL front office and the scandal that would eventually become Deflategate was underway. What followed, of course, is well known (even though the facts behind it too often are not): While the league’s "independent" $5 million investigation was unable to proof that the Patriots did indeed manipulate footballs – because science – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell still harshly punished both the team and quarterback Tom Brady.
Did Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher hold Steelers linebacker James Harrison on the critical two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's AFC divisional matchup? According to the officials, yes, yes he did. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce disagreed -- vehemently -- after the game, and to the surprise of no one, he was fined for his public criticism. Days later, in his weekly officiating video, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino explained why, exactly, Fisher should have been penalized. "We talk about position, body position," Blandino explained, via PFT. "We talk about feet. If the blocker can maintain good feet and he can maintain position in front of the defender and
Of note: Several players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads are not listed. Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams have also been omitted. ENGLAND Premier League Stoke City defender-midfielder Geoff Cameron: not in the 18 (injured) for 1-1 draw with Manchester United Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch: not in the 18 (injured) for 2-0 defeat at West Brom Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan: in the 18 but did not play in 3-1 defeat to West Ham Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers: in the 18 but did not play in 2-2 draw at Manchester City Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem: no U23 match scheduled Manchester United defender-midfielder
Can you smell that Astroturf? That means it's time again for the best Sunday of the entire year! Stock up on chips, gather your loved ones near: it's time for the Super Bowl. Thanks to Lady Gaga's hugely anticipated halftime show and 4 incredible teams
Roger Federer said the new vulnerability of tennis's "top guys" was good for the sport as he avoided becoming yet another Australian Open casualty on Sunday. On a day when world number one Andy Murray joined six-time winner Novak Djokovic on the sidelines, Federer advanced to the quarter-finals. The Federer resurgence claimed the scalp of Japan's world number five Kei Nishikori over five gruelling sets and he will now play Murray's conqueror Mischa Zverev in the last eight.