Canada's Jocelyn Larocque rips off her silver medal after losing to U.S.
Kevin Durant is easily a top-5 player in the NBA - probably top 3 - in terms of sheer talent. Few would debate that. But when you take a look at his advanced statistics, he's nearly fallen outside the top 10 for the 2017-18 season. Klay Thompson's dad, former Lakers player Mychal Thompson, had a serious problem with that. Upon reading a metrics ranking from Bleacher Report for the "Top 10 Individual Seasons So Far," Thompson took to Twitter and fired off a blistering condemnation of advanced stats. Gotta hand it to Mychal - the "And THATS why we DONT use the Metric system in America" line was good. But it's important to point out that Bleacher Report wasn't claiming that Durant was the 10th best
Jong, who at 16 was the youngest skater in the heat, fell flat on his chest within a few seconds of the start of the race. While lying on the ice, he extended his arm and grabbed the Japanese speed skater Keita Watanabe’s blade, in what was either a willful attempt to trip the athlete or to force a restart.
By Hyonhee Shin and Haejin Choi SEOUL (Reuters) - Two South Korean speed skaters are facing growing calls for them to be banned from the national team after they appeared to blame a team mate for their failure to reach the women's team pursuit semi-finals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo crossed the line almost four seconds ahead of the third Korean skater, Noh Seon-yeong, in the quarter-finals on Monday. In the pursuit, the clock only stops when the final skater has crossed the line and teams usually finish with all three skaters bunched together.
At least one rule change is too ridiculous for baseball to consider implementing. According to Rich Eisen, an MLB exec recently shared with him that a rule was being discussed that would allow the manager of a trailing team to send any three players to the plate in the ninth inning, regardless of the team’s batting order.
Giancarlo Stanton has become one of baseball's most recognizable names. Now that he's been traded from the Marlins to the Yankees and will be playing in under the New York media microscope, Stanton's name will almost certainly become even more ubiquitous. It wasn't until shortly before the 2012 season that Stanton announced he'd like to henceforth be referred to as Giancarlo Stanton.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Mirai Nagasu’s Olympic destiny was always going to rest on a single jump, on the edge of a blade, in a tiny window of opportunity and time. So it proved on Wednesday afternoon here, when the American blasted into the air 23 seconds into her short program and attempted to land a jump no other woman in the world is either proficient enough or game enough to try. By 25 seconds she was on her knees, her hands on the ice. The triple Axel was Nagasu’s only shot at an unlikely medal, had she stuck it Wednesday and again in Friday’s free skate. It is a devilishly difficult jump, and when she nailed it in the team event she became only the third female Olympian to traverse those
Driver Danica Patrick, who dominated the male sport of racecar driving and accumulated a reported net worth of $60 million by age 35, just completed her last NASCAR spin before retiring. But a kiss with her boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, has been more newsworthy.
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone recently pretended to be a janitor in order to prank New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. He did so in a video posted by Red Bull. Malone wore a cushion over his stomach before putting on a onesie, glasses and a wig with dreadlocks for good measure. He also had grey coloring added to his beard. "I'm no longer the 'Mailman,' I'm the maintenance man," Malone said. "I'll be Sam." The 54-year-old Utah Jazz legend went to a janitor's closet to get supplies before wiping down the backboards of a basketball court, mopping the floor and more. Davis thought he was just in the arena to take some photos and do a commercial. Malone swept around the arena,
While they won’t be getting any medals for their efforts, 2018 NFL draft hopefuls are hard at work preparing for the jumpsuit Olympics portion of their seemingly endless job interview. The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine will have a significant impact on the eventual draft slot for many prospects in this year’s class, but before the predraft crazy-train makes that stop in Indy, let’s take another stab at projecting the first four rounds of this year’s draft, complete with a handful of Day 1 trades. (draft order via Tankathon) *denotes projected trade While some might project the Browns to get cute here and wait until the No. 4 pick to take a quarterback, I don’t see it. If there’s a quarterback new
LaMelo Ball refuses to wait for his future with the Los Angeles Lakers to begin before he fully engages in the team’s social-media Troll Wars. Lonzo Ball’s youngest brother was back at it over the NBA’s All-Star break, this time taking shots at rookie forward Kyle Kuzma for looking like Frozone from Disney’s “The Incredibles” on Instagram. A post shared by Kyle Kuzma (@kuzmakyle) on Feb 19, 2018 at 1:45pm PST As much of a clown as Melo may be, he’s pretty much spot-on with his comparison. But don’t take our word for it; judge for yourself. Considering how cold the weather is in Lithuania, LaMelo could probably use something akin to Kuz’s outfit to stay warm.
Just days after unceremoniously dumping Corey Dickerson — grab him Tigers! — and trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays are back at it. This time, they traded outfielder Steven Souza to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, they received lefthander Anthony Band and second baseman Nick Solak as part of a three-team trade with the New York Yankees. While the return for Souza himself was rather strong, I can’t help but wonder why the Rays have once again decided to tear down and rebuild. Trading Evan Longoria earlier this offseason was understandable — though maybe not to Rays fans — especially as he moves into his mid-30s. However, Dickerson was only cut because
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — “I’m a pretty good competitor,” Lindsey Vonn said shortly after completing her downhill run for Thursday’s combined event, and roughly three hours before she pushed out of the slalom starting gate. After finishing first in the downhill, Vonn went off course in the slalom, and her likely last Olympic race ends in disappointment. Shiffrin finished just off the podium in what’s long been her best event.
If someone would have told you during the Senators deep playoff run last year that less than 10 months later Erik Karlsson would be traded, we all would’ve had a good laugh before going right back to sipping on whatever mind-altering tea we were indulging in that day. Amid escalating tensions the past few months between the 27-year-old and the team, it’s now clear that Karlsson is no longer the untouchable piece he was perceived to be merely months ago. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on Wednesday the odds of Karlsson getting flipped before Monday afternoon’s trade deadline are probably less than 50/50, but it’s very evident that Ottawa’s management group are open and willing to listen and engage in talks regarding one of the world’s elite blueliners — one who seemed as invincible an asset as there was in the NHL, but here we are.
An issue that's been amplified in appearances at Torrey Pines and Riviera, as the 14-time major winner has hit just 35.71 percent (30/84) of fairways in return. Six rounds is not enough to count towards the tour's official stats, but out of the 214 golfers who qualify, only Andrew Loupe (33.12 percent) has been worse in driving precision. Perhaps it's no surprise that Rickie Fowler owned a .800 sg: off-the-tee mark (10th in the field) in his Honda victory last season thanks to finding the fairway early and often (over 67 percent).
Tom Brady has made a pretty convincing case over his career that he is, in fact, the greatest quarterback of all time. Still, many have other ideas of the best, and it appears former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley is among them. Manley won a pair of Super Bowls in his day, and when asked a question about the best quarterback he ever played against (mind you his playing career stretched from 1981-1991), he used it as an opportunity to really rip into the New England Patriots quarterback. “People give Tom Brady too much credit,” Manley said, via WEEI.com. “It is a team effort. No. 1, he gets the ball out of his hand quick. He has good mechanics, but he’s no Joe Montana. My daughter
TAMPA — Day 2 of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton taking batting practice together produced more balls hit over the fence than the day before and left Gary Sanchez feeling somewhat jealous. Sanchez, the Yankees’ best all-around hitter, was in the same group with Judge and Stanton, as was Jacoby Ellsbury. “What can you say? Those guys hit moon shots and mine barely go over the fence,’’ Sanchez said Tuesday when asked if he is overlooked hitting with the Towers of Power. With Judge and Stanton hitting on Field 2 and not inside George M. Steinbrenner Field, there were considerably less eyeballs watching Judge loft homers to center and Stanton flick his wrists and send balls over the right-field
Zack Cozart is the proud owner of a donkey these days, the byproduct of his trip to the All Star Game during his breakout campaign in 2017. Cozart, of course, inked a 3 year deal with the Los Angeles Angels this winter that’ll pay him nearly $40 million, which has left a Zack Cozart-sized hole for the Cincinnati Reds at shortstop. A quick jump over to FanGraphs shows that Cozart was the third most valuable shortstop in all of baseball in 2017, his 5.0 fWAR sitting alongside the likes of Francisco Lindor (5.9), Corey Seager (5.7), and Andrelton Simmons (4.9). If you toggle over to the 2B leaderboard and set the minimum PA from 2017 to 350, though, you’ll need to head over to the second page of players to find Jose Peraza’s overall rank in terms of fWAR, as his -0.2 mark checked in as the 35th best of the 39 MLB players who fit such criteria.
Things are heating up in the NFL as the new league year approaches and teams are pouring over their rosters before the start of free agency and the NFL Draft. “This NFL offseason is long on salary-cap space and short on quality free agents,” writes Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. “As a result, a tsunami of trades could be forming in the coming months.” Will the Seattle Seahawks be involved in the wave of trades? Rosenthal lists Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas as two potential players who could find themselves in the mix. The Seahawks openly discussed dealing Sherman last offseason, so it can’t be ruled out happening again,” Rosenthal notes. “Seattle might not get
Theo Epstein and the Cubs had no real intention of replacing John Mallee as their hitting coach after last season. But when Chili Davis was let go by the Boston Red Sox, Epstein pounced on the veteran hitting guru, envisioning him as just the right mentor to unlock the potential in Jason Heyward’s swing. Red Sox owner John Henry, on the other hand, is glad to have moved on from Davis. Though he didn’t mention him by name, Henry took several shots at Davis during a recent interview, blaming him for the Red Sox’s hitting woes last season. Henry addressed a question as to why the Red Sox made no player changes from outside their roster in the offseason. “From my perspective, people have talked about
Michigan native T.J. Lang’s free-agent move from the Green Bay Packers to the Detroit Lions played helped tip the balance of power in the NFC North. A year later, Lang is trying to recruit his old linemate Josh Sitton to tip it even further: Those who doubt Lang had that much of an effect should remember: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured for much of the year while Matthew Stafford started all 16 games, and the Lions finished ahead of the Packers. Of course, it didn’t help Rodgers that Green Bay also cut Sitton right before the start of the season, nor that Sitton signed with the Chicago Bears. But after making the Pro Bowl in four out of five prior years, Sitton didn’t earn many
USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick break down the biggest story lines as the NBA season marches towards the playoffs. The NBA All-Star break is in the books and the playoff races are beginning to take shape. Where does each team stand? USA TODAY Sports graded every team's performance over the first two-thirds of the regular season. Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks, C: The Hawks were never expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, but they’ve embraced the tank after reaching a buyout with veteran Marco Belinelli. Rookie John Collins has been an intriguing bright spot. Boston Celtics, A-: Brad Stevens is on the short list for Coach of the Year after sustaining the Celtics’
LeBron James likely will opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the season, and a multitude of teams will be vying for his services, with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Cavs looking like the frontrunners to acquire/retain the services of King James. But Jalen Rose believes there is another team that could provide the perfect landing spot for the 33-year-old star. The NBA analyst went on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday to explain why both the Rockets and San Antonio Spurs aren’t ideal places for James. Rose also explains that James shouldn’t leave Cleveland, but if he does, then the Miami Heat are the ideal landing spot for the superstar. Rose makes good
If you have found yourself on social media in the last 24 hours, you have probably seen the rumor mill firing up. There have been rumblings that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will be available via a trade and some teams, like the Miami Dolphins are in the market. There are really a couple of ways to look at the viability of trading Bryant from a Steelers point of view. Bryant is entering the final year of his contract and it doesn’t seem likely the Steelers are going to commit to an extension right now. So that means working a trade this offseason gives Pittsburgh some value as opposed to letting him just leave at the end of the season. What is his value? Perhaps a four-round
Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Mia Manganello and Carlijn Schoutens made history Wednesday night in South Korea. Bergsma, Bowe and Manganello narrowly edged out Canada for bronze in the B final – also known as the third-place race.
The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt's 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn't far from driver Austin Dillon's memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team's shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky penny from a young girl and won the Daytona 500. Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 after receiving a penny from a young fan during an autograph session a few days ago. The legendary N. 3 Chevrolet returned to Victory Lane with Earnhardt's close friend and Dillon's grandfather Richard Childress standing alongside on the dais.
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