NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris go on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a beating outside a Phoenix recreation center more than two years ago. The twin brothers could face a maximum of nearly four years in prison if they are found guilty. The trial threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26.
Coaching narratives don’t always outlast an NFL offseason, but it turns out that eight months weren’t nearly enough for Jay Gruden to outrun critics of the fade. Many Redskins fans doubled over in rage and/or pain on Sunday when Washington attempted an unsuccessful fade during a first-half goal-line series on Sunday, winding up with a field goal when a touchdown could have created a commanding lead. The play-calling critics took their shots all day on Monday. When I turned on the radio Tuesday morning, I heard a caller still yelling about that fade. At least one host has wondered whether Gruden isn’t still running goal-line fades with the hopes of celebrating a success in front of his legions
Each time Seth Jones felt like the Columbus Blue Jackets were dominating, the Pittsburgh Penguins went down the ice and scored. T.J. Oshie knows the feeling because the Penguins did it to the Washington Capitals often during playoff series the past two years. Opportunistic, well-coached and talented, Pittsburgh has won eight consecutive playoff series to become the NHL’s only back-to-back Stanley Cup champion of the salary-cap era and the first since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.