Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has slugged his way into elite company.
It's forbidden — and expensive — for coaches to use cell phones during games. Raiders coach Jon Gruden, however, won't be making an involuntary contribution to the charity of the NFL's choice for using a cell phone while leaving the field after the first half of Sunday's game at Carolina. According to the NFL, Gruden was conducting a two-question interview with the sideline reporter.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tends to make headlines with whatever he does after standing as the draft's top pick and performing well enough over the summer to earn the starting job right out of the gates. Case in point, Burrow rocking a smooth fit as he entered Paul Brown Stadium for his first NFL start. Fittingly, the look featured smooth implementation of purple and yellow for LSU just a few hours after the LSU Tigers themselves released an amazing hype video about Burrow's first NFL start.
Bucks tell Giannis they will spend big, but trades more likely originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Following their disappointing exit in the second round of the playoffs, Milwaukee Bucks ownership has reportedly made a promise to superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo that they will now commit more money towards building a championship team. According to ESPN, they are now willing to go into the luxury tax after avoiding taking the plunge so far during their rise with Antetokounmpo at the helm. That approach famously led to the departure of Malcolm Brogdon, who they sorely miss.
Justin Thomas has led the backlash against the LPGA, accusing the organisation of “costing” fellow American Nelly Korda victory in the season's second major by trying to please a sponsor. Korean Mirim Lee beat Korda and Canadian Brooke Henderson on the first hole of a play-off at the Ana Inspiration on Sunday night, but by then the purists were already in full cry about the ludicrous scenario on the par-five 18th. The last at the famous Mission Hill course in Palm Springs features an “island green”, but in its wisdom, the LPGA elected to place a huge advertising hoarding across the back of the putting surface.
Rivera's reasoning for fourth down call is nearly as good as play itself originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Ron Rivera's decision to go for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter of Sunday's opener very much helped Washington win in Week 1. That may not be the only Sunday that brave call impacts, though. After taking over near midfield with the score tied at 17, the hosts drove all the way down to the Eagles' four-yard line.
The Baltimore Ravens got a steal of a player when they traded for cornerback Marcus Peters last season. Not only did he cost Baltimore just a fifth-round pick and linebacker Kenny Young, Peters came to town on a relatively cheap deal and immediately made the Ravens' defense better. Just a few days after Peters and Baltimore beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 16 of the 2019 season, the Ravens inked their cornerback to a three-year extension.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick rarely if ever criticizes his players publicly. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has shown time and again that he won't shy away from doing so. “One was a miscommunication between he and Mike [Evans],” Arians told reporters after the loss to New Orleans.
That's the type of move coaches often make only with another job already lined up. Perhaps, those decisions are connected. Keith Pompey of The Inquirer: the expectation is that D'Antoni will be hired by the Indiana Pacers This clearly isn't a done deal.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a chance to play the hero Sunday. With the 49ers trailing by four points, Garoppolo had an opportunity to lead a game-winning drive late. As the 49ers got close to the goal line, Garoppolo had two passes broken up by Arizona Cardinals defenders.
The Houston Rockets are keeping Daryl Morey as GM and remain all-in on small-ball (in part because James Harden wants it). Mike D'Antoni is gone in Houston, and he is leaving behind some serious challenges in Houston. The next coach is going to have to deal with Harden as he nears free agency (2022), getting Russell Westbrook to play within his skill set, and a roster that needs more perimeter defenders if they are going without much rim protection.
Kevin Durant had the perfect tweet following Washington's win originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington For nearly a decade, Kevin Durant has been one of the NBA's best players. But for nearly two decades, the Brooklyn Nets star has been a diehard fan of the Washington Football Team. Following Washington's epic come-from-behind victory over NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Durant sent off the perfect, three-word tweet to celebrate his squad's Week 1 victory.
Adrian Peterson was arguably the Detroit Lions' best player Sunday, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries in his team debut. But the future Hall of Famer was critical of his play after the game, saying he missed opportunities on two runs that ended up costing the Lions in their 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. "The third-and-1, I didn't capitalize on," Peterson said.
Running backs to target on waiver wire Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (20% rostered) Entering the year, Hines had already established himself as one of the league's most reliable backfield receiving options. He delivered 107 receptions on 139 targets over his first two pro seasons. On Sunday, he added another eight catches to that career total.
For the first time since 2013, the Seattle Seahawks have claimed a 1-0 start to the season with a road opener to kick off the year. Seattle traveled south to Atlanta and torched the Dirty Birds to the tune of 38-25 in front of a raucous crowd of artificially generated fan noise. The game was never really as close as the final score might have indicated, as the Falcons earned a few garbage scores late with the Seahawks shifting into cruise control.
With the chances of the Big Ten Conference playing a football season slipping away, two of Ohio State's best players have chosen to opt out and start preparing for the NFL draft. Cornerback Shaun Wade, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the 2021 draft, announced his decision Monday on Twitter, saying the Big Ten waited too long to decide what to do about playing. Wyatt Davis, an offensive guard who is another potential first-round pick, announced his decision on Friday.
Editor's note: This letter to the editor was written by Jeff Shaw, West Chatham, for the Cape Cod Times, which is part of the USA Today Network. It brings up an interesting and worthy topic. What's right?
Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast Most of the Week 1 action is in the books, and Liz Loza and Matt Harmon are here to talk through it all on the latest episode of the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast! Matt and Liz highlight the biggest fantasy moments, toughest beats and concerning conundrums from every game the full Sunday slate, including incredible performances by Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Josh Allen, Nyheim Hines, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, and much more! Remember to stay tuned to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast, which will now have FIVE new episodes per week!
Dan Orlovsky says Carson Wentz is the sole reason the Eagles lost originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky has gone on the record over the past few years as one of the biggest supporters for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. However, after Wentz's up-and-down performance on Sunday in the Eagles' Week 1 loss to the Washington Football Team in which Philadelphia blew a 17-0 lead, Orlovsky had little positive things to say about the quarterback. "He's the reason they lost the football game," Orlovsky said on ESPN's Get Up on Monday.
Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York hosts this week's 2020 U.S. Open. The 144-man field features each of the top 21 golfers from the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, including 2019-20 FedEx Cup champ and Tour Championship winner Dustin Johnson. Below, we look at the 2020 U.S. Open betting odds, and make our PGA Tour picks and best bets to win the year's second major.
The Big Ten presidents were presented a comprehensive plan Sunday to conduct a fall football season, but a final decision is still to come. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the full Council of Presidents and Chancellors heard from all the subcommittees of the conference's Return to Competition Task Force over 2 1/2 hours. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making its return to competition plans public.