Boxing faceoffs are all about mind games. Fighters try to look intimidating, they talk trash, and they get up in each other’s grills all in the name of mind games. Swedish professional boxer Mikaela Laurén took the theatrics to a whole other place during a press conference on Monday when she stood toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Cecilia Braekhus. As cameras clicked away, Lauren approached Braekhus, stared deeply into her eyes and planted a kiss on her lips.
The 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday. It was a surprising move, because teams don’t often release three-time All-Pro players on the right side of 30 very often, but the move was actually exceedingly nice to Bowman, and something we don’t see often in the NFL. “NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. There were reports last week that the 49ers were trying to find a trade partner for Bowman, and on Sunday morning it emerged that the team actually had a deal in place with the Saints on the trade — but ultimately decided to cut their veteran instead.
An intriguing detail on Jerry West saying farewell to Golden State emerged this week. The former Warriors front office executive left for the L.A. Clippers over the offseason partly because of a pay cut, according to longtime NBA reporter Jack McCallum. Trimming the compensation of West may sound somewhat silly to some NBA fans since the Lakers legend followed his Hall of Fame playing career with a legendary arc as an executive — including helping the Warriors set up a team that won two of the last three NBA titles. However, McCallum reported as much in his new book Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball (which will be released Oct.
Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller picked off 49ers QB C.J. Beathard’s pass with three seconds left to seal today’s 26-24 win over San Francisco. Fuller’s teammates celebrated in a way that has to be a first. They arrested him! NFL players are really making the most out of the newly relaxed celebration rules.
Colin Kaepernick’s newly-filed grievance accusing the NFL of colluding or conspiring against him is a legal “Hail Mary.” He and his lawyers stand little chance of winning because both the law and the facts are against him. The Facts Kaepernick used to be an outstanding quarterback. Selected by San Francisco in the 2011 draft, he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season and the NFC Championship game the following year. And then, he seemed to implode. Over the next two years, his throwing arm regressed and his overall skills as a rushing quarterback diminished. Injuries only made matters worse. The team finally gave up on him, and he was benched during the 2015 season. He never
The Redskins got some bad news on the injury front on Monday. But there certainly was some good news. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland took what appeared to be a nasty hit to his left knee in the third quarter against the 49ers. He was down on the turf in pain for a couple of minutes before leaving the game. After the game, Jay Gruden said that the initial examination was that it was an MCL injury and that an MRI would be performed. The MRI results are back and the injury is not as serious as it first appeared. Gruden said it was a sprain and that it was possible that he would be ready to play against the Eagles on Monday night thanks to his properties that resemble those of a certain animated character.
The New Orleans Saints followed the same protocol on Sunday for the national anthem that the team agreed to do before the Miami game in London, kneeling in protest of racial inequality before the anthem and then standing during the anthem itself. Fans in the Superdome began booing while the players knelt before the anthem, and then the stadium's announcer asked for a moment of silence in tribute to Marcus McNeil, the New Orleans policeman who was shot and killed early Friday morning. Sean Payton indicated Monday that the Saints did not realize there would be a moment of silence and the decision to take a knee was a continuation of the team's decision in London, not connected to the tribute
The Tennessee Volunteers haven't scored a touchdown since Sept. 23, and that was in a game in which they squeaked by winless UMass. On Saturday, South Carolina downed Tennessee, dropping the Vols to 3-3 and now they have to head on the road to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama. This could spell the end for coach Butch Jones, but before you punch his ticket out the door, you'll want to hear what the team at GoVols247 has to say. They've been covering UT athletics for almost 20 years and know the pulse of Rocky Top. They've tapped into their sources to find out where Jones stands. They know Tennessee athletic director John Currie doesn't want the Vols to be the test case for how a coaching change